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Hub City Crime Numbers Drop

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A shooting at a local nightclub in Hattiesburg may have caused distress to residents and visitors, but Hattiesburg police says crime is down

"Overall crime has actually decreased, based on our numbers right now," said Lieutenant Jon Traxler.

Hattiesburg is home to roughly 50,000 people and compared to larger metropolitan areas Hattiesburg police say they have a handle on crime in the city.

"We can see where numbers are increasing, where there are what you call hotspots and we redirect resources that way," Traxler explained.

Local business owner and downtown resident, Jason Le Viere says despite recent isolated incidents within the city limits he feels safe.

"I opened a second business down here, I also live in the Carter building so you know, I live in one of the buildings on this street so I feel extremely safe downtown," Le Viere said.

While summer crime has some residents uneasy, Traxler knows crime can happen all over the city.

"Just because you have one, two, maybe even three crimes that happen over a year period in a certain area, that does not make that area unsafe," he said.

And safety is a major concern for restaurant owner, Rosie Knop, who wants potential patrons to know visiting downtown like any other part of Hub City is relatively safe.

"There shouldn't be a magnifying glass on one incident, just because of where it might have happened or who might have been involved in it," Knop stated.

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