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Crime trending downward after 2010 Labor Day murder spree

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

If you asked The River City Pentecostal church group if they felt safe at Lakebottom Park on Labor day three years ago, then they all probably would have said no.

That's because four men were killed in the city of Columbus. One of the murders happened just blocks away from the park.

Alison Batten told us Monday that they've had the River City Pentecostal Church picnic in Lakebottom for the past three years. Since the murders, they have always been alert.

"We watch for people that come in and watch our kids that are around we don't let them run off, we keep adults with them, that's just something as families we try to do we try to make sure that our kids have some people with them at all times," Batten said.

In 2010 there were a total of 15 homicides for the year. In 2011 and 2012, there were 17 and so far this year there have been just 14 murders.

"The time of the year that we are out here and the time of the day that we are out here we never feel not safe there are always families out."

And officer patrol as well. Since the murders there has been heavy police presence in all areas where these crimes occurred. In two of the areas - Bibb City and East Highland - major overhaul by Neighborhood Watch groups have taken place, resulting in a reduced number of crimes.

Despite what happened in Midtown just three years ago, Alison says she isn't shaken but will continue to keep a watchful eye.

"There is no place in Columbus I really don't feel safe in," Batten said.

Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren says that as of Monday night there were no serious crime incidents to report from the 2013 Labor Day Weekend.

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