MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – In 2018, Macon-Bibb County and Warner Robins had some of the highest homicide rates, ever. The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is making sure the county doesn’t have as many as homicides as it did in 2018.
40 murders plagued Macon-Bibb county last year and there was nine in Warner Robins.
Making it one of the deadliest years.
“We’ve lost our sense of right and wrong. I mean there’s all kinds of people smarter than me that are trying to figure out ‘why,'” Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms said.
Many people are asking why are there so many homicides?
“There’s more than just hanging out in the streets and getting into trouble,” Closing the Gap Middle Georgia Secretary Laura Curtis said.
Law enforcement and public officials are trying to find solutions to preventing numbers like we saw in Macon-Bibb County and the nine homicides in Warner Robins.
“It’s the most eve, for the city of Warner Robins,” Warner Robins Police Department’s Public Information Officer Jennifer Parsons said.
Colonel Henderson Carswell with the Bibb-County Sheriff’s Office says violent crimes and homicides are more than a law enforcement problem, it’s a community-wide problem.
“Education is the key. You have to understand that when we make bad decisions, there are always going to be serious consequences,” Carswell said.
For 2019, the Sheriff’s Office is increasing law enforcement activity, using technology linking criminals to other incidents, and focusing on what they call “hot spots.”
“More law enforcement things going on in neighborhoods where they maybe hadn’t seen them in 2018 and the goal is to focus on violent crime and in particular – gun crime,” Carswell said.
Mayor Toms says they will continue to have only the best serve Warner Robins.
“To continue to try and recruit the best we can in those fields so as a community we stay safe,” Toms said.
Curtis says communities need to focus on the youth and keeping them out of trouble.
“Invest in your children,” Curtis said.
She says it starts at home by investing in your kids’ education, talk to them, and spend time with them.
“Have a more positive outlook on life and show them, you maybe here, but there’s really nothing stopping you from getting to where you want to be,” she said.
Closing the Gap in Middle Georgia offers programs for youth and for parents there’s resume and writing classes.
Out of 40 murders last year in Macon-Bibb County, investigators have solved 30. Carswell says investigators are working around the clock to solve the remaining ten.
Law enforcement is encouraging community members, if you see something, say something by contacting your local law enforcement or Crime Stoppers.