Prince George's County has unveiled a new, community based program to fix the little things that lead to bigger crimes. They've infiltrated neighborhoods, spoken with residents, and now, officials say, it's time to get to work.
“I mean, [people] vandalize stuff a lot. Just a lot of mischief and crime,” said Officer Levi Vaughn of District Four of Prince George’s County Police.
On a ride through Prince George's County, it’s clear what needs to change and six months from now, officials hope it will.
"The transforming neighborhoods initiative something that we're doing to reach the county executive's goal of making Prince George’s County the best place to work, live, and raise," said Prince George’s County Chief Administrator Bradford Seamon.
County agencies will work together to fix sidewalks, improve Metro stops where broken street lights make it too dark, and add more speed cameras.
"Our goal is to reduce crime, and also engage the community as much as possible,” said Major J. Harper of District Four of Prince George’s County Police.
Various county officials, from environment to police, have broken into teams, to speak with citizens like Veronica Davilla.
“You need the input from the community, we live it. We see the kids in the streets, we see the speeding and the various criminal activity,” Davilla said.
Vacant houses like this with broken windows are glaringly obvious, but county police say even though they can see it, they can't fix it alone.
So for the first time, agencies and citizens are working together. And there's already change.
“I’m happy to say since the last meeting, there are already two speed cameras up,” Davilla said.
“Everything is a work in progress. They have people at the top that sees what really needs to change and they're working toward it,” Vaughn said.