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Residents fed up with south side crime wave

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Residents on Evansville's south side learned Monday night that more police officers will be patrolling their streets in an effort to cut down on crime. 

The department is letting residents know they're aware there is a problem and a plan to help stop the violence begins on Tuesday.

"A bullet hit my house a couple of times," Angelo Hawes said. 

Hawes says he knows all too well what comes with living on Evansville's south side and he doesn't believe anything will change anytime soon.

"I don't think patrols change much, you know. They got to get the guns off the street," Hawes said.

That's easier said than done, especially in the part of town known for gang violence.

"Somebody did something to somebody. Somebody did something back," Hawes said.

"I feel that violence now, it's getting out of hand," London Reeves said.

On Monday, 12-year-old Reeves ended up right in the middle of a shots fired investigation on her way home from school.

"Knowing that my bus had to be stopped today because of a shooting is not a good thing. It's a thing that makes you think should you be in this community," Reeves told 14 News.

Those wanting to take back their community gathered to talk strategy about improving life on the south side.

Evansville police say that starting Tuesday, the department's two Guardian vehicles will be stationed in the area of Covert and Kentucky.  Thanks to a grant, the department will be able to hire officers to work off-duty, putting more resources in area known to have problems.

The residents were told that police can't do it all alone. Those living in that area also need to take ownership of their community.

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