Faith in Action AL says while crime numbers are down in B’ham, still more work to be done

Churches and crime reduction

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - A local multi-faith organization, working hard to cut down on violence is reacting to new numbers that show crime is down in Birmingham.

Numbers from the Birmingham Police Department show homicides are down 9.1%, robberies are down 18.6%, and total violence is down 14%.

Faith in Action says they believe their work, with night walks and victim response teams, has helped get those numbers down, but say there’s still much more work to be done.

“We still have these families, these individuals that we’ve lost and we don’t have the necessary infrastructure in place yet that has resulted in substantial reduction in numbers.,” said Onoyemi Williams with Faith in Action AL. “Our goal is to see those numbers drop by 75%.”

Williams said they’ll be walking with those families next month to mourn and reflect on the lives lost to violence this year.

Birmingham Peacemakers 2019 will hold Lament & Hope Sunday, December 7 at First United Methodist Church. The walk line-up will begin at 8:00 a.m., the Lament Walk will begin at 9:00 a.m., and the Hope Service will begin at 11:00 a.m.

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