Group of east Nashvillians meet every week to discuss crime in area

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Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Every week, over lunch, a group of east Nashvillians discuss crime happening in the area.

While Metro police told News 2 that overall crime in east Nashville is at an all-time low, it’s still happening.

Thursday, News 2 sat in on the weekly meeting to find out what’s being done to keep the area safe.

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Photo: WKRN

For Frank Holt, who lives in the area, the meetings with other residents and police officers is key to keeping the area safe.

“If it’s not something that you can get resolved by them coming to your home, you can bring it up here and they know how to look out for it,” said Holt.

“Today one of the conversations was about the restaurant burglaries that we have seen here recently,” said Sgt. Michael Fisher with the Metro Police Department.

One of the east Nashville burglaries was Thursday’s early morning break in at Hunan Express.

According to the owner, the suspect broke the drive-through window and climbed inside. The suspect then grabbed the cash register, but left it behind after realizing it was empty.

“Basically it is just breaking the glass, they run in if they don’t see anything in the register, they are pretty much out the door,” said Holt.

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Photo: WKRN

With community members more focused than ever on keeping crime out of their neighborhood, police are adamant, that crime continues to decrease in the area.

“East Precinct is trending in record low numbers in terms of crime,” said Fisher.

Residents and officers at the meeting say the better relationship has led to a safer area.

“It is also very important to us that when we see problems or issues we know community leaders by name and we have these long standing relationships,” said Fisher.

Metro police told News 2 that property offenses are down nearly 5 percent since this time last year and violent crime is down about 10 percent.

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