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Police crackdown on crime by targeting "hot spots"

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

It's a crackdown on crime. The Greenville Police Department is taking a strategic approach to help keep our streets safe.

They have actually mapped out areas throughout the city were they've seen more and more criminal activity popping up, and they're focusing their efforts on those spots.

On Friday they started increased patrol in neighborhoods near Farmville Blvd.

It's where a shooting happened earlier this week.

"I told them get down and call 911," recalled Michael Zucco. He and his family were turning into their driveway, when out of nowhere, "She was just sitting right there she turned her head and boom, it was loud," explained Zucco.

Two bullets busted through his car window.

He says the shots blew right by his girlfriend Lily's face.

"They found plenty of glass fragments in my face and in my hair," she said. Her eye was still bloodshot and she had cuts on her face.

"If she leaned forward it would have hit her right in the head," said Zucco.

This is one of the crimes Greenville Police are hoping to solve.

"We're just here to try and deter criminal activity before it occurs," said Cpl. Dennis Grimsley.

They're mapping out "hot spots" where crime like this is happening and cracking down on everything.

"We're increasing foot patrol, vehicle patrol, increased enforcement of traffic and other illegal activities, drug violations and such," explained Grimsley.

With hot spot patrolling police can actually pinpoint where there has been a spike in criminal activity. The idea is if they can stomp that out, it will cut crime in surrounding areas.

"It's kind of a spider web effect," explained Grimsley, "if you can hit the center then the outer edges will feel it as well."

Police say it's all about making a presence, "To let the community see us out and about, and let them know they're not by themselves in areas that may need some help," Grimsley said.

Zucco hopes the increased patrol will bring an arrest.

"I know they're going to get them," he said. He believes the shooting was possibly a gang initiation. Police still don't know who is responsible.

They will continue increased patrols into the weekend. If you have any information on the shooting or any other criminal activity, call the police.

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