Columbus Crime Prevention Director talks about recent crime

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Columbus's 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th murders all took place over the past few days, and many may question what the city is doing to prevent crime.

News Leader Nine sat down with Crime Prevention Director Seth Brown to hear his reaction to the crimes and how his organization plans to tackle the growing problem.

Brown said, "As a citizen, I'm as outraged as anybody. Part of our program is to work with the juvenile population to off-set that mentality that it's okay to do that sort of stuff and we won't solve all of it obviously."

Crime Prevention Director Seth Brown was hired by the city to come up with a way to cut back on Columbus crime statistics.

"The direction of the office is to work with programs that exist in the city to help them make an impact through funding, we are also coming up with our own programs, working with other agencies in the community," Brown told News Leader Nine.

Brown realizes it takes baby steps to reach the big goal, "Our objective is to be the safest city in America, not be a safer city. We could be a safer city by hiring one more police officer or putting up a speed bump in a neighborhood to prevent a kid from getting run over. Our objective is to be the safest city. That's a long-term goal. It's going to take three to five years before you see any results from that."

And he needs to public to put in the effort too, "Without the citizens supporting this office through Neighborhood Watches or educating themselves on how to not be a victim, we won't succeed. I might as well put the key in the door, lock it and go do something else."

The Crime Prevention Board has several projects that will be made available to the public in the coming weeks, including after school programs, and a crime report website.

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