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Vicksburg leaders vote to contribute thousands to Crime Stoppers to help solve crimes in city

The Vicksburg Board of Aldermen voted Monday to allocate thousands of dollars to Crime Stoppers to help solve violent crime in the city. Source: WLBT The Vicksburg Board of Aldermen voted Monday to allocate thousands of dollars to Crime Stoppers to help solve violent crime in the city. Source: WLBT
The Vicksburg Board of Aldermen voted Monday to allocate thousands of dollars to Crime Stoppers to help solve violent crime in the city. Source: WLBT The Vicksburg Board of Aldermen voted Monday to allocate thousands of dollars to Crime Stoppers to help solve violent crime in the city. Source: WLBT
The Vicksburg Board of Aldermen voted Monday to allocate thousands of dollars to Crime Stoppers to help solve violent crime in the city. Source: WLBT The Vicksburg Board of Aldermen voted Monday to allocate thousands of dollars to Crime Stoppers to help solve violent crime in the city. Source: WLBT
The Vicksburg Board of Aldermen voted Monday to allocate thousands of dollars to Crime Stoppers to help solve violent crime in the city. Source: WLBT The Vicksburg Board of Aldermen voted Monday to allocate thousands of dollars to Crime Stoppers to help solve violent crime in the city. Source: WLBT
VICKSBURG, MS (WLBT) -

The Vicksburg Board of Aldermen voted Monday to allocate thousands of dollars to Crime Stoppers to help solve violent crime in the city.

This move comes after a spike in crime in the River City over the past few months.

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“I think crime is getting out of hand,” said Mayor George Flaggs.

Flaggs says after seeing the recent spike in violent crimes and no answers, the idea of contributing funds to Central Mississippi Crime Stoppers came to mind.

Crime Stoppers allows any citizen to come forward with information and remain anonymous.

“We have to stay ahead of the curve,” added Flaggs.

Monday, the Board of Aldermen passed a resolution to allocate $7,500 from the city's coffer to the reward pot for several cases, including two unsolved murders and a drive-by shooting.

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“It will get people to start talking, lead to the information and lead to arrests," said Flaggs. "You and I know that anyone would want to know who killed their loved one, so that's what we're trying to do.”

William Nettle Agrees.

“I think it is important because people have that mentality that they don't want to share information when they know something,” said Nettle.

Nettle works with two other young men at the city-owned television station in Vicksburg.

Not only do they agree with the decision to give more money for tips, they also created a video encouraging people stop the violence and increase the peace.

“If one person can makes a different decision, it can lead to a chain reaction,” said Marcus Allen.

“I'm hoping for ears to listen and hearts to open and to be willing to make a change,” said Larry Walker. 

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