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Fighting Growing Crime Problem In Normal Heights

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Two murders in the span of three weeks has some Normal Heights residents on alert. They pride themselves on living in a quiet, peaceful neighborhood, but now they're asking San Diego police for extra protection.\r\n\r\nOn Nov. 16, a 63-year-old man was found shot to death in his Normal Heights apartment. The killer is still on the loose. \r\n\r\nOn Dec. 9, a 99-cent store employee was gunned down by another suspect who has eluded capture. \r\n\r\nSan Diego Police Department Capt. Guy Swanger says his officers are doing whatever they can to ease fears in Normal Heights, which has seen an abnormal jump in cold-blooded murders lately.\r\n\r\n"What I would feel better with is if we could solve these homicides, because I think that helps people move on, that it won't happen again. Even though they're not connected and we have no proof they're connected, it helps people move on knowing somebody was arrested," Swanger said.\r\n\r\nBut when he pours over the latest department statistics, the numbers show violent street level crime is actually down in Normal Heights from robberies to rapes. But that doesn't mean his force is not hitting the mean streets with vigor.\r\n\r\n"I feel comfortable that we're making strides, but I don't want to negate the fact that we have had two homicides in the neighborhood, and that would shake the confidence of most neighbors," he said.\r\n\r\nJim Baross has lived in Normal Heights for 20 years. He simply wants to see more cops.\r\n\r\n"This community feels under siege in some sense, especially with these items that just happened," Baross said. "The only enforcement I see is when something happens - I don't see patrols happening all the time."\r\n
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