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Columbia launches Operation Take Back Our City

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Thursday city leaders announced the first steps to attack crime and increase safety in Columbia with Operation Take Back Our City.

"We know crime is up in Columbia and we're not going to tolerate or stand for it and we're bringing in everyone together because we know its not just a law enforcement issue," said Mayor Bob Coble.

The initiative encompasses multiple city offices.

Columbia police officers will enhance the visibility of officers across the city.

Community safety officers will be assigned to neighborhood security patrols.

The Public Works Department will do a citywide survey of lighting in neighborhoods.

And there will be more crime prevention information made available for residents.

There will also be an effort to identify crime hot spots like abandoned homes and cars.

People are also being encouraged to start neighborhood watches to help with safety concerns.

Posted by Logan Smith

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