Hundreds of residents who had some minutes to listen to the second street crime prevention campaign by Liverpool based Citizen Outreach Coalition (COC) on Wednesday August 5th 2015 were delighted to learn a grass root organization was trying in its own way to reduce the increasing crime rate across the city.
COC campaigners Kiven Emmanuel and Francis Ngwa distributed more than 1000 leaflets as part of a Big Lottery funded project to help prevent crime in Liverpool and across the UK.
“The people were mostly friendly and though most were in a hurry, some were polite enough to stop and listen to us”, Kiven Emmanuel said after the two hours campaign that took place in the busy Liverpool One trading centre, infront of a high street clothing supermarket. “Some others were just not interested while others politely listened, took leaflets and later threw them away, Why will hey take leaflets only to throw them away a few metres away” Kiven added bemused. He however said he was glad a good number of people understood the reason for the campaign and were very supportive.
COC Chairman and CEO Francis Ngwa said the campaign was a huge success and the organization will continue battling crime and other issues that affected migrants and local people.
It was the second crime prevention street campaign that COC was carrying out as part of a lottery funded project to reduce crime among migrants and young people.
According to police statistics, gun crime across Merseyside is the third highest in the country after Birmingham and London. 212 gun crimes were reported across Merseyside between 2013-2014.
Merseyside police is responsible for keeping law and order in the Merseyside service area of some 647 square kilometres with a population of more than 1.5 million people.