Gang Activity Popping Up in Northwest Gainesville Neighborhood
GAINESVILLE- A North Central Florida neighborhood is gaining a reputation of gang activity that residents aren’t comfortable with.
Gainesville Police say most of the arrests associated with gang activity in the Pineridge neighborhood-- are juveniles.
Neighbors and GPD say that there is no room for the 2-5’s in Gainesville or anywhere for that matter.
Complaints still are rolling in about these gutsy youngsters taking part in dangerous criminal activity.
Last week GPD officers responded to two calls in the neighborhood one in response to a juvenile carrying an assault rifle and another report of homemade bombs made out of plastic bottles .
Some neighbors say they aren’t afraid to report crime.
Longtime Pineridge Resident, Pam Morrison is one of them.
“I stay there and I mind my business but if I see something, I don’t mind calling 955-1818, I don’t mind. It’s one thing of being a snitch but when it comes to kids breaking in houses and guns, that’s the time that grown ups need to call someone and tell someone,” says Morrison.
Gainesville Police Chief Tony Jones is encouraging a three pronged approach to this problem including prevention social intervention and suppression.
Residents can expect to see an increased patrol presence around the area.
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