WHAT: Richmond Police Department Community Walk
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Today, January 4, 2017
WHERE: Keswick Avenue & Mason Street
BACKGROUND: Chief Alfred Durham will lead his Command Staff and other Richmond Police Department officers on a walk at 5:30 p.m. today through the Oak Grove neighborhood. During the walk, officers will speak with community members about safety concerns they may have and what they would like to see from the Richmond Police Department.
Sector 112 Lt. William Brereton said that the area has seen a significant increase in robberies with the number of incidents rising from two in 2015 to seven last year. Similarly, the biggest increase in property crimes has been burglary with six commercial burglaries and nine residential burglaries in 2016, up from zero and five respectively.
“The Oak Grove neighborhood experienced a rise in violent crime last year, including homicides and aggravated assaults, and thefts from motor vehicles and motor vehicle theft continue to be an issue,” Lt. Brereton said. “We urge residents to secure their property, remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity or persons to police.”
This event is the latest in a series of walks conducted by the Richmond Police Department in neighborhoods throughout the city.
Members of the media are encouraged to attend.