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South city residents stress cooperation in city's crime reduction plan

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A new program is underway to curb crime in the city's 15 most dangerous neighborhoods. The plan, supported by Mayor Francis Slay and city aldermen, zones in on police and city services in north and south St. Louis.

The plan affects people who live and work in those communities the most, so News 4 asked whether or not they think it will work.

"It is time for people to be more hands-on. It is time for people that are actually from the community and that relate to our community, to actually take a step forward, a big step forward and start doing the work," said south city resident Bruce Franks.

Franks lives and works in one of the 15 target areas for bringing crime down.

"We have our politicians and we've been waiting for our community leaders to come together and roll out this comprehensive plan. You see where like minds come together and get to a solution," he said.

But we found out not a lot of people know this plan even exists.

"How is it going to be implemented and who is it going to reach out to?" asked business owner Curtis York.

"We as business owners,  are determined to have a safe- and we have presented a very safe- business shopping district. But as far as the different programs, we would like to see more of an effort and more information about where we can get this information from," added business owner Kyela Jackson.

Franks is active in his community and says for plans to get off the ground, it's the people living and working in these communities that need to come together and get involved. It's a major piece of the puzzle he says is often overlooked.

"It  can change overnight because you have people who maybe who live that life of crime.  Now the have more resources, so the next day so they aren't doing the things they did yesterday," he explained.

York and Jackson say because so much negativity comes out from their neighborhood, many people shy away from coming there and going into their shops. They say the crime has affected business a lot and the hope is this program will help clean it up.

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