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Harrisburg mayor: city is still safe

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Mayor Linda Thompson said despite recent violence in Harrisburg, she strongly believes the city is safe.

Thompson comments to reporters Monday came after a weekend that included the killing of a taxi cab driver and several robberies.

"Our violent crimes are down, which is what I've been reporting," she said. Our robberies are up."

The killing of the cab driver, 37-year-old Atlas Simpson of Steelton, was the city's fourth homicide this year. In the Downtown, police linked another stabbing to the Dragonfly nightclub. Authorities said a 21-year-old Reading man suffered a non-life threatening stab wound to the chest when he and others got into an argument while leaving the bar at closing time.

The owners of Dragonfly announced they would permanently close in a Sunday post on the club's Facebook page.

"Obviously, the owner was frustrated himself and had reached his limit and shut the club down," Thompson said. "That's the best thing he could have done."

Thompson also urged residents and visitors to the city to use Harrisburg's free safety programs.

"We want them to come down and get the training, not for them to be vigilantes, not for them to take the law into their own hands and wear guns, but actually be aware of their surroundings," she said.

And with St. Patrick's Day, one of the biggest drinking days of the year, this Saturday, Thompson promised more officers would be in the Downtown.

"I want people to know this will be a great weekend for the St. Patrick's event and they should not be afraid to come inside the city," she said. "We're well on top of things."

Police said they have a plan in place to combat the crime, but they said it was too soon to provide details of the plan.

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