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Durham Police Go Door To Door To Help Solve Recent Crimes

Posted March 18, 2002 1:25 a.m. EST

— Durham police hope a door-to-door campaign in Durham Wednesday night will help them solve a string of recent crimes.

About 48 officers stopped cars and went from house to house in the Watts-Hillandale neighborhood, handing out flyers and talking to neighbors about a recent sexual assault in the area.

"I'm really glad to see this. I think the more of a presence we see from them in the neighborhood, the better the neighborhood is going to feel," said resident Justin Hart.

The department puts its violent crimes multi-agency response program into place after any high-profile or particularly violent crime.

"It's a way that the neighbors can talk to us on a one-on-one basis and give us confidential information," said Capt. C.D. Clark of the Durham Police Department.

Officers said that similar campaigns have been successful in solving other cases, as well as hearing about things happening in neighborhoods they visit.