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Crime is down in the Hill City.
That’s according to Lynchburg Police Chief Ryan Zuidema, who heralded the news Wednesday at a meeting with local business owners.
Total crime is down 14%. Recent police records show 10,357 criminal offenses were reported over the last 12 months, down from 12,064 offenses from a year earlier.
Zuidema pointed to a recent flurry of community policing initiatives as the largest driver behind the decrease. He thanked the business community for their help with several outreach efforts.