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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A new initiative aimed at putting an end to crime is encouraging Youngstown residents to speak up.

Councilman John Swierz launched the "Crime: Report It, Don't Support It" campaign. Signs will be placed throughout Youngstown's Seventh Ward to remind residents of the importance of reporting criminal activity to the authorities.

"If they see something, report it. This way, the police can respond to it. If the police don't know what about it, there is nothing they can do," says Seventh Ward Citizens Coalition treasurer Bob Gray.

Gray says a number of residents don't report crime in fear of retaliation.

By calling the Youngstown Police Desk or Crime Stoppers at 330-746-2583, he says people can remain anonymous.

 

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