PHOENIX - Phoenix city leaders are targeting crime in neighborhoods surrounding light rail construction.
In the spring, Councilman Daniel Valenzuela launched the initiative in his district in attempts to curb potential crime trends.
"We've seen more traffic being diverted into the neighborhoods that wasn't there before," he said. "Residents report more property crimes and even burglaries since construction began."
The construction started in the spring along 19th Avenue between Camelback and Dunlap. It should complete late 2015 or early 2016.
"We've seen more vagrants and people hanging around the neighborhood," said Sherry Bell, who has lived in the neighborhood for the past 20 years. "I'm concerned more about what it means for property values."
Valenzuela along with police and neighborhood representatives will hold a community meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Orangewood Elementary School.
The goal of the meeting is to communicate crime prevention tactics and update residents on the initiative.
To get more information or to RSVP to the meeting contact Councilman Valenzuela's office at (602) 262-7446 or email email@example.com .
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