Downtown safety initiative underway — How can you help?

Press release from Asheville Downtown Association:

Due to a number of incidents impacting public safety, the City of Asheville is taking steps to address the rise in crime, especially downtown. Multiple City departments are coordinating with community leaders and partners to roll out a 60-day initiative to address safety downtown.

Here are some ways you can participate:

We encourage those reporting crimes in-progress to call 911.

We encourage those reporting non-emergency public safety concerns to use APD’s non-emergency number (828) 252-1110.

To report criminal activity anonymously, text TIP2APD to 847411. You can also use the TIP2APD smartphone application (search “Asheville PD” in your app store.)

Contact to schedule a public safety assessment or to receive additional information about the 60-day downtown safety initiative.

Check out these Crime Prevention Tips and share them with your networks.

Organize a community clean-up event.

Use Asheville APP to report a concern not related to criminal activity.

Post No Trespassing signs on private property and sign a Trespass Letter with APD.

Follow the progress of the initiative by signing up to receive updates on the newly created Downtown Safety Initiative Project Page.

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