West Side residents walk to end crime

SAN ANTONIO – West End Hope in Action spent Tuesday evening walking and knocking on doors to rally a march around the 1200 block of Northwest 18th Street off of Culebra Road.

Rose Cadena said she grew up on the city's West Side, but admits there are times when she doesn't feel completely safe.

"So, this has been my neighborhood," said Cadena. "I know bad people on that side. We're on this side. We just keep to ourselves." 

According to the West End Hope in Action Organization, the West Side is one of the highest crime areas in the city, which is why the group spent Tuesday evening reaching out to the community to see what can be done to put a stop to the crime.

"We want to talk to the neighbors and ask, what can we do more to help with the crime scenario here on the West Side of San Antonio," said Sean Price with the West End Hope in Action Organization. "We have boots on the ground. We're knocking on doors and actually talking to people."

The San Antonio Police Department was also on hand to knock on doors and talk to neighbors.

Chief Anthony Trevino said it is important for the community to view the Police Department as members of their community, and not just look to them at a time of crisis.

"We don't want to wait for those times to form those relationships with the community," said Trevino. "That's why we're here. We're here to show that we are here to support them. We're here to try to help create a better community and partnership with them."

Trevino said their department is focusing efforts in all communities throughout San Antonio, not just the West Side, and they are hoping to form relationships with residents on a day-to-day basis.


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