The community event aims to combat a 200% increase in violent crime in the area, among other issues.
Richmond Police chief Alfred Durham will host a community walk this evening in the Museum District to bring the neighborhood together and address recent crimes in the area.
Lieutenant Michael L. Stith, with the city’s 3rd Precinct, helped organize the event, which will begin at 5:30 PM in the 3100 block of Ellwood Avenue.
“From [June to October of 2015], the Museum District experienced an increase in violent and property crimes,” Lt. Stith said. “During the aforementioned time frame, the Museum District experienced one violent crime in 2014 compared to three during the same time frame in 2015, reflecting a 200% increase. The District recorded 45 property crimes in 2014, in comparison to 67 property crimes in 2015, reflecting a 49% increase.”
The walk will be a chance for citizens to talk directly with police about the situation and come together to take a stand against crime.