|Published:||Jan 15, 2014 6:46 PM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 17, 2014 8:17 AM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla.- Fort Myers is a safer place to live, according to new numbers out from the police department.
In 2013, 196 illegally-owned guns were seized citywide, there was a 58 percent decrease in homicides and in Dunbar, one of the most dangerous neighborhoods, police are reporting a 15 percent drop in overall crime compared to 2012.
Fort Myers Police Chief Doug Baker said the drop in crime is thanks, largely, to members of the community, like Taunya Cola, who grew up in Dunbar and wants to change it for the better.
"When you love where you live and you take pride in your community, you're going fight for what you believe in," Coke said.
Several years ago, Cola said she saw school kids fighting in her yard, and it was a final straw for her.
Cola is now in charge of neighborhood watch, but her proudest achievement, she said, is the party she throws each year for the kids to keep them from fighting.
Baker said Cola's efforts are paying off.
"She is a very active and a very positive role model for the community," Baker said. "I think there has been some headway in the last handful of years -- in the neighborhoods improving, as it relates to crime."