West-side residents hitting the streets to fight crime


by Phil Anaya / KENS 5

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Posted on November 16, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 16 at 8:40 AM

Residents of one west-side neighborhood fought back against crime Thursday evening by hitting the streets and making their voices heard.
It’s an initiative that was started in September by the West End Hope Action Organization. For the second time since then, volunteers went door-to-door to speak with residents living in the Zarzamora and Poplar area.

At each home visit, residents were told about crime in the area and asked to join a coalition to fight back. A lot of the crime in the area is from prostitution and drugs.
San Antonio police have recently cracked down on crime in the area, and Chief William McManus was on hand Thursday to give residents an update.
“From September to the early part of November ... they made 104 arrests, and 41 of those arrests were felonies. That’s significant in the area,” McManus said.
But this battle is far from over, he said.
“It’s not a quick fix. It’s not a quick hit and leave," McManus said. "It’s got to be sustained and it’s got to be sustained by police and it’s got to be sustained in conjunction with the community."

A third meeting is planned for Dec. 3 at 9:30 a.m. at the Greater New Mt. Zion Church.