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Crime Trackers: Midtown neighborhood becoming dangerous area in Tucson

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A typical midtown neighborhood with families and schools is changing.

Crime has moved in, and according to some, making it one of the most dangerous areas in Tucson. The area is located around 22nd Street and Craycroft Road.

The latest incident was a hit-and-run involving a bicyclist on Valentine's Day. The driver was arrested the following day after viewers identified him.

Some people who live in the area say that the incident was just the latest in a string of violent crimes.

“It's gotten much worse,” said Jim Boer.

Boer grew up in the area and has a business. The hit-and-run was just one of many violent incidents that have occurred around him.

“Tragically, it's not surprising for this area," he said. "There's been incidents all around here. Some are shootings.”

Some are home invasions, such as the one that occurred last fall, where an elderly man was reportedly beaten to death.

There have also been burglaries and armed robberies in the area.

“We actually live here at this business, so it's very concerning," said Boer. "I tell my kids all the time, stay in the yard. Don't go out in this neighborhood."

Our Family Services is well aware of the issues. Through a grant, the organization is trying to create a safe, healthy and thriving community.

Deb Seng is the Community Services Manager with the agency. 

“We are thrilled to be in partnership with the 4RCA, which is a coalition in our community that is focused on really making the neighborhoods involved safer and more beautiful. Also to work to cut crime in the process,” she said. 

Every week, the "Making a Change" team meets. This is where the youth come together to identify problems in the community and how they can make changes.

Recently, they identified Naylor Wash as a place where there is a lot of trash and bad behavior going on. The team decided that they will gather a group to clean it up.

Adriana Canez, a seventh grader at Robert-Naylor K-8 School, said they are doing this, “so people can feel safe where they are and not be worried about what's going on.”

“Making a change in our community by making it safer,” said Monica Lopez, another seventh grader.

For more information, contact Deb Seng at 520-323-1708 ex. 240 or email dseng@ourfamilyservices.org.

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