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Richmond councilwoman creates suggestion box for crime-fighting ideas

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A Richmond city councilwoman wants your ideas for fighting crime after the city's most violent weekend in recent memory.

Seven people were shot, two fatally, over the weekend in Richmond. Violent crime is actually down two percent this year, but some city leaders say more needs to be done to keep it that way.

"It's bad," said former mayoral candidate Donnie Corker. "Back in the 60s and 70s people used to have a hell of a good time. The police department can do better."

Police are now re-evaluating their efforts and deciding how best to use their resources. City councilwoman Michelle Mosby says it is not enough to point fingers at the police department.

"It has to be a collective effort," said Councilwoman Mosby. "We need you peeping out your window, and when you see something suspicious you need to be dialing 911."

Mosby is also calling out faith leaders.

"Our faith leaders are really going to have to step up," said Mosby. "They are going to have to be more vocal."

Mosby is asking for your help.

"We need suggestions from the people," said Mosby. "Tell us what you think we need to do."

Mosby wants her inbox to become a virtual suggestion box for tackling crime.

"michelle.mosby@richmondgov.com," said Mosby. "Shoot me an email. Tell me what you think. It's going to take more than just our police force to do this."

Police note violent crime is actually down this year, but Mosby and Corker agree the recent violence is alarming.

"It has to stop," said Mosby. "We have got to come up with a plan."

Mosby says she plans to present your suggestions to the council and police administration.

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