Residents say they don’t report crime to police

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National Night Out event held in City Heights.

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SAN DIEGO — San Diego police attempted to bridge the gap between them and inner city neighborhoods with Tuesday’s National Night Out events.

Neighbors living in City Heights attended the event at Teralta Park, known for gang and drug activity, a lot of which goes unreported, according to residents.

“It’s very important that if anyone sees a crime, or is a victim of a crime, that they call us,” said San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman.

Shatoya Lanae lives near the park and came out to the event to hear what police had to say about it.

“It ain’t safe on the streets, I can tell you that,” said Lanae. “Half the time, when you report it, nothing gets done.”

Another issue some residents expressed Tuesday was not being able to communicate with police officers.  Many City Heights residents speak English as a second language and claim to have a hard time reporting crime to officers.

Chief Zimmerman said she’s well aware of the issues and is taking action.

“We are out recruiting in every single neighborhood,” she said.

About a dozen San Diego police officers shook hands and met residents at the event that offered bounce houses, free food and information on how to report crime anonymously.

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