McGinn says he has plans to curb downtown crime, violence

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SEATTLE — With the shooting of a Metro bus driver Monday morning and other crimes in the downtown area, city leaders are working to develop a plan to make the city safer — and put residents’minds at ease.

mcginn3Mayor Mike McGinn said Thursday he is coming up with plans to step things up. To do this, they are earmarking more money — and putting more police on the streets.

The mayor is dipping into the budget to increase patrols around hot spots in the city, but there are some who say that doesn’t go far enough to stop the problem. In response, McGinn said he believes this latest plan will help reduce violent crime in Seattle.

One area of the city that has seen a lot of crime is Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill — especially at night — so the mayor also announced that starting Thursday evening, the park’s lights will remain on 24 hours a day.

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1 Comment

  • Kit

    We need gangs of police roaming the streets so they can confront the young men that are just hanging around. It's obvious who the problem is and it's not the people who work in downtown. The problems are the people loitering and walking aimlessly in circles.

    The drug sellers, thugs and muggers need to go back to wherever they came from.