FORT MYERS, Fla.- A Fort Myers City Council member is taking violence in the city into his own hands.
Councilman Johnny Streets has added a discussion to next week's agenda. He's hoping to find ways the city can work with the Police Department to battle rising crime statistics. People we have said they feel like crime is all around them. And while some of the crime statistics have gone up from previous years, Chief Baker says it all starts with the people who live here.
"You just never know where it's lurking for you," said Fort Myers resident, Horace Barrett.
Barrett says he has completely changed his way of living because of what he describes as rising violence in the city. He no longer carries cash and double checks the locks on his doors at night.
"Any time I go out I'm always kind of looking around behind me what corner I'm going around. I can't say I'm afraid, but yes, I am more careful than I used to be," Barrett said.
Some crimes have risen drastically. Last year, there were seven homicides within the city. So far in 2011, that number has nearly tripled with twenty reported murders.
"The common thread is simple. Most of them are retaliatory within themselves. It involves drugs, it involves vendettas," Chief Baker said.
Many are attributing more crime across the country to the state of the economy. But Chief Baker says the first step to lowering all types of crimes is vigilence within the community.
The matter will be taken up at next weeks City Council meeting. Councilman Streets wants to find a way to work along side the Police Department to tackle crime in the community.