Quantcast

Man Credits Campaign to Lower Homicide Number in Danville - abc27 WHTM

Man Credits Campaign to Lower Homicide Number in Danville

Posted:

Danville, VA - Homicide rates in Danville are way down so far this year. In 2012, Danville had one third of the homicides they had the year before.

While Danville Police have their own predictions for why it is so low, one Danville resident hopes his efforts had something to do with it.

Tim Griffin makes sure he will never forget December 9, 2011 when his daughter, Jordan, died after a shooting on North Main Street.

"She was brutally shot down just because she was going to ask a couple of questions," said Griffin.

But Griffin said that shooting would not put him to rest, in fact, it did just the opposite.

"God just laid on my heart that I need to get out here and do something about it to try to stop the violence in Danville," said Griffin.

Ever since, he's been on a campaign. Several times a week he will walk around town holding signs, and spreading the word to local kids.

"I feel if someone is out here pushing forward with it. Then it will keep the rates down," said Griffin.

After a full year of protests, the results are in and the numbers are down. From 2009 to 2011, the average number of homicides in the city was 9. But in 2012 only 3 homicides were reported.

"I'm very sure that my daughter would be proud of it," said Griffin.

Danville Police attribute the lower number to their Street Crimes Unit, their early detection of offenders, and the Commonwealth's Attorney's push for prosecutions.

"Anytime proactive police work is being done you'll see an impact," said Cpt. Dennis Haley, Danville Police Department.

Griffin hopes a little bit of credit can also be given to his campaign, though.

"I would hope to think I had a big part in the violence being down last year. Hopefully this year it will be even less," said Griffin.

Danville Police say since there were fewer homicides, that means their time was freed up to work on cases from previous years. Meanwhile, Griffin says he does not plan to ever stop campaigning.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • State police arrest man for aggravated assault

    State police arrest man for aggravated assault

    Saturday, August 30 2014 2:10 PM EDT2014-08-30 18:10:05 GMT
    State police say a Dauphin County man is behind bars for aggravated assault.Troopers were called to a home on the 100-block of South Second Street around 3:35 Friday afternoon.According to state police, they received a complaint that 48 year old Robert Dale Beaver, Jr. allegedly took prescription drugs, and was carrying a knife and big stick.Troopers say Beaver was looking to pick a fight.Investigators say Beaver refused to listen to commands and reached for the knife in an attempt to attack ...More >>
    State police say a Dauphin County man is behind bars for aggravated assault.Troopers were called to a home on the 100-block of South Second Street around 3:35 Friday afternoon.According to state police, they received a complaint that 48 year old Robert Dale Beaver, Jr. allegedly took prescription drugs, and was carrying a knife and big stick.Troopers say Beaver was looking to pick a fight.Investigators say Beaver refused to listen to commands and reached for the knife in an attempt to attack ...More >>
  • At an intersection with no crossing guard, retired Marine steps up to help

    At an intersection with no crossing guard, retired Marine steps up to help

    Saturday, August 30 2014 10:28 AM EDT2014-08-30 14:28:46 GMT
    A retired Marine has gained national attention after he put on his dress blues to help students cross a busy street near a city elementary school It was last year Cpl. Lewis Alston, 63, Lititz, noticed South Duke Street and North Street did not have a crossing guard. The intersection is near Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. So Alston, a chaplain for the Lancaster County Marine Corps League, took action. “What I did was the first day of school, on Monday; I was at a funeral service be...More >>
    A retired Marine has gained national attention after he put on his dress blues to help students cross a busy street near a city elementary school It was last year Cpl. Lewis Alston, 63, Lititz, noticed South Duke Street and North Street did not have a crossing guard. The intersection is near Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. So Alston, a chaplain for the Lancaster County Marine Corps League, took action. “What I did was the first day of school, on Monday; I was at a funeral service be...More >>
  • Police investigate string of car and home break-ins

    Police investigate string of car and home break-ins

    Saturday, August 30 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-08-30 17:15:22 GMT
    Police in Lower Paxton Township are investigating another string of car and home break-ins.According to police, two homes on Wesley Driver were reported broken into.One home had cash from a wallet stolen, and a purse was reportedly rifled through.Police say entry was gained through an unlocked door.The second home did not have anything reported missing, but investigators say entry was gained by using a key which was left in a car parked in the driveway.In addition to these incidents, police s...More >>
    Police in Lower Paxton Township are investigating another string of car and home break-ins.According to police, two homes on Wesley Driver were reported broken into.One home had cash from a wallet stolen, and a purse was reportedly rifled through.Police say entry was gained through an unlocked door.The second home did not have anything reported missing, but investigators say entry was gained by using a key which was left in a car parked in the driveway.In addition to these incidents, police s...More >>
Powered by WorldNow