Community Development Corporation working to fight crime in Raleigh during the pandemic

WATCH: Community Development Corporation working to fight crime in Raleigh during the pandemic

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Violent crimes have gone up in Raleigh and people in the community say there’s a concern the numbers could continue to rise.

The Raleigh Community Development Corporation says crime is an issue they want to address before it gets out of control.

FOX13 talked to the Executive Director of the Community Development Corporation about crime numbers and the changes to their usual meetings because of COVID-19.

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“It is alarming. It’s concerning rather,” said Rhonda Logan.

Logan said the community is in constant talks with the Raleigh Police Joint Agency to address crime in the area.

“Violent crime is up in our city, and it’s just a major issue that we have to continue to work on and address as a community and make sure we have our hand on what’s going on,” said Logan.

According to police, there have been 169 reports of assault in Raleigh. Last year around the same time that number was at 122.

So far this year there have been 13 homicides in Raleigh compared to nine the year prior.

Police say there has been a drastic decrease in robberies. This year there’ve been 40 cases of robberies reported compared to 73 this time last year. This includes businesses, carjackings and individuals.

“And we have to come together as a community to make sure we are taking care of our neighborhoods, our communities, and each other,” said Logan.

Logan told FOX13 normally the community holds in-person meetings to address community issues, but they’ve stopped since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

She said they’ll now begin to hold those discussions virtually with the community to try and stop crime.

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