Crime Rate Up in Buffalo

January 1, 2013 Updated Jan 1, 2013 at 4:39 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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January 1, 2013 Updated Jan 1, 2013 at 4:39 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - The City of Good Neighbors has had 50 victims of homicide in 2012. That number is up 40 percent from last year. The city only had 36 murders in 2011. These murders have residents and community leaders concerned.

Now, anti-violence groups, including MADD Dads, are coming together with Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant to make a change. They formed a committee that will meet on a monthly basis to brainstorm and implement ideas to keep the streets of Buffalo safe.

The group wants to keep community centers open later, offer more youth services at night and put more street cameras in high crime areas. Grant said something must be done before more lives are senselessly lost.

"It will be people from the community, Stop the Violence Coalition, Madd Dads, and other non crime organizations. City of Buffalo elected officials all coming together so that this doesn't happen again," Grant said.

Grant said that only about 20 percent of these homicides have been solved and she is urging the police department also keep searching for suspects. She said they must be put behind bars as an example to others that these violent crimes will not be tolerated in the city.