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Due to recent events of violence and crime in the downtown area of Columbia, we as current and former students of area colleges and universities and residents of Columbia are attempting to join together to get back the 5 Points area we once knew and felt safe in.

 

The safety of students from colleges and universities throughout Columbia and all visitors to the 5 Points district is at stake. The success of bars and restaurants throughout 5 Points is endangered by unwarranted crime which has the potential to deter patrons from what has historically been a safe place to gather with friends.

Letter to
Mayor and City Council City of Columbia South Carolina
I just signed the following petition addressed to: City of Columbia South Carolina

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Stop unwarranted violence in Five Points and adopt reasonable controls.

The safety of students from colleges and universities throughout Columbia and all visitors to the 5 Points district is at stake. The success of bars and restaurants throughout 5 Points is endangered by unwarranted crime which has the potential to deter patrons from what has historically been a safe place to gather with friends.

We do not believe that the majority of problems in the 5 Points area are linked to underage drinking as some people have suggested. We petition the Council to publish a report detailing crime statistics for underage drinking related offenses and violent crimes, which should specifically indicate violent offenses that were the result of underage drinking. Causality should be established rather than a mere correlation between the categories of offenses. It has become apparent that individuals who simply loiter on sidewalks and at corners seek to cause disturbances and instigate violence.

We wish to open a dialogue with the Council and City of Columbia to propose reasonable solutions to the issues at hand. A practical distribution of the city’s police force to prevent crimes as opposed to reacting once crimes have been committed should be the goal. A sense of hospitality and respect should be created by area police officers that should in turn be respected by patrons and visitors to the area. We want to protect the safety of students, the business interests of bars and restaurant owners, as well as the residents of the 5 Points area. A strong, professional relationship between visitors to 5 Points and the people tasked with protecting the area is the only way this will happen. We feel that current proposals are misguided and are not sufficient to stymie the increasing violence, and we want to be part of the solution.
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Sincerely,