Police hope walks, community involvement will reduce crime

CONWAY, SC (WMBF)- The City of Conway was hit with a series of violent crimes around the start of the year that left two men dead following two shootings.  Now, the rate of violent crime seems to have calmed down for the time being.

Conway Police believe the new Community Walk Through Program is to thank for the drop in local crime. The program is a new push by police and community members to raise awareness to reduce the number of violent crimes in the city.

Last month, police found a man dead in a truck that crashed into a house on Durant Street after police said he was shot.

A little more than a week later, police said another man was killed in a separate shooting near 6th Avenue.

"There's going to be so many every year in Horry County and in Conway and everywhere else," said Horry County Solicitor Jimmy Richardson.  "It was surprising that a lot of them hit right at the beginning of the year end of last year but that's part of the cycle."

There have been two community walks so far, and Conway Police said the number of patrols have been stepped up in certain neighborhoods.

"As long as you have neighborhood watches or you have a community that's up in arms and is out patrolling and police are patrolling," Richardson said.  "That's not going to be a comfortable place to do criminal activity."

While the marches are a good starting point, Richardson added a more permanent effort by the community could be more helpful in reducing crime.

"The more constant the presence of people that are out looking and being diligent about their community wanting a safer community, that's really more important than an organized march every so often," Richardson said.

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