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Community Crime Walk

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Virginia's attorney general and Richmond's top cop teamed up for what was a rare, joint-appearance for the duo who went door to door in south Richmond, asking people to join them in a fight against gangs.

It's called the Community Crime Walk and it's been an ongoing effort for Richmond police. About once a month a group of officers go door to door talking with people in different neighborhoods.

One by one, folks at Town and Country Apartments were informed.

A new resource center known as GRIP is coming to their neighborhood - targeting children and families - to stay away from violence and gangs.

The resource center is right here at 1353 Cargreen Road. The town home was donated by the owners of this apartment community and they say it should be open by March.

"That would kind of help them out of getting involved with gangs things like that let them know they have a community that care about them let them know they have family values," said resident, Kasandra Brown.

"One of the things we're trying to do is get some of those kids information of more constructive activities," said Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli.

One resident says they witness drug deals and are now afraid to go for walks.

"You can't do that no more you're scared to death to," said Betty Southworth.

Southworth saw our story, last week - about the elderly man who was robbed and beaten just doors away. Victim John Vogel said he's still recovering.

The recent violence may not be tied to gangs but Richmond police are doing a lot to keep crime low.

"We come out here in advance of the GRIP opening to make sure we have a strong base here so we can prevent any gang activity," said Richmond Police Chief, Bryan Norwood.

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