MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – Mobile police have been stressing for weeks for gun owners to lock up their guns, and it may be working.
Mobile Public Safety Director, James Barber, tells us there has been a recent decline in the number of stolen guns in the city.
But, some who live in the city believe more still needs to be done. One mother told News 5, “it’s really been bad lately. It’s been worse than before.”
She and her daughter spoke with News 5 about recent violence in the city but didn’t want to leave her name. It is personal to them. “I lost one of my younger brothers to gun violence in 2016,” her daughter said.
They both are concerned with the number of stolen guns winding up on the streets of Mobile, leading to numerous shootings.
“You listen every day and have someone you know, neighbors or friends getting killed,” said the mother.
The City of Mobile has similar concerns.
“We’ve got to do a better job of stopping the flow of these guns into our community and getting into the wrong hands, but we’ve also got to do a better job of identifying and removing people that are involved in this type of activity, trafficking, and firearms for example,” said Barber.
Right now, police are focusing their efforts on hot spots across the city.
“You’ll see a concentrated effort by Mobile PD to go to the areas that we’re having an abnormal amount of shots fired or shooting activity. They’re already well into that program, and so they’re recovering guns, just about nightly,” said Barber.
This week, the Officer of the month for the Mobile Police Department, Tiffany Monte, was recognized at city council. Some of her achievements in March include helping find a stolen gun. She patrols precinct 4, which is one of the precincts police have identified as hot spots for violence.
“Her dedication and patrolling her beat and being proactive is what really led to that arrest,” Barber said recognizing Monte during city council.
But, some think more still needs to be done.
“There were things for the youth and young adults to do to engage their interests or something like that, I think that would help take away or at least help some,” said the daughter.
Police say that while there has been a downturn in the number of stolen guns in Mobile, it is too soon to know if that is because of their message, but they hope it is and the trend continues.