Crime outbreak puts some Peoria residents on high alert

By Samantha Chatman

July 8, 2014 Updated Jul 8, 2014 at 8:53 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- An outbreak of crime over the weekend has some Peoria residents on high alert. Seven robberies and fifteen burglaries were reported in the north and south parts of the city.

But these incidents do not necessarily indicate an up tick in crime.

"I figure if I stay to myself and don't bother them they might not bother me. But I still don't like the idea of them bothering other people period," Peoria resident Donna Gayton said.

Gayton reacts after learning that one of seven robberies this weekend happened right on her block; the 1900 block of West Proctor Street.

The victim told police he was walking down the street Saturday night when he was approached by a group of men, pistol whipped, and then robbed.

That same evening police were called to the 1000 block of North East Perry Avenue after reports of a home burglary.

But despite the weekend's crime, Peoria Police Lt. Willie King says violent crime is down.

King credits the success of the "Don't Shoot" program for putting other crimes like robberies and burglaries in the spotlight.

"This year, because of the effectiveness of our program and the shootings and stuff have been down, we can focus more on these so they look like they are the main things going on in the city," said King.

Police are urging residents to be aware of any suspicious activity around them and report it immediately.

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