Man hopes to curb crime in Lynchburg by sparking conversations about needs in community

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LYNCHBURG (WSLS10) - One man in the Hill City is hoping to curb crime after recent incidents in the area. B.B. Shavers with "Self Help Obtaining Positive Outcomes" or SHOPO organization  is going to high poverty stricken neighborhoods, along with Tim Moss and picking up trash.

Shavers is hoping to have a dialogue about race, poverty, education, and parenting skills. One person who lives in the Greenfield James Crossing neighborhood, Justus Smith said one issue that needs to be addressed is parenting skills.He said children are growing up too quickly.

"We've got to learn how to take care of each other, but they're growing up how to curse and everything, we have to give them something different," Smith said.

Another issue Smith said he would like to see addressed is  the lack of educational activities for the children in the neighborhood.

He said children can easily get into trouble.

In October of 2014, in the James Crossing Apartments, Lynchburg Police said they received about 60 calls for assaults, 163 for disorderly conduct and 40 for juvenile nuisances.

Shavers hopes by being involved in the community he'll learn more about some of the needs in the area and hopefully will work with city leaders to create change.

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