Philly Police Officials Outline Plan To Combine Deadly Uptick In Violence As Unofficial Start Of Summer Arrives

Howard Monroe reports.

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- This Memorial Day weekend, Philadelphia police are trying to get at what is causing the deadly uptick in violence in the city. Eyewitness News reporter Howard Monroe tells us how law enforcement are trying to make this summer safer.

HOWARD MONROE: Police say they will be out in force this weekend, as well as the rest of the summer, as crime data continues to go in the wrong direction. However, they also say to improve things here, they will need to improve community/police relations.

DANIELLE OUTLAW: These lives that are lost are members of communities. Entire communities are affected and families' lives are forever changed.

HOWARD MONROE: Families and communities ruined more than 200 times over. Philadelphia has recorded at least 211 homicides this year. That is 40% higher than this time last year. One of the more recent homicides was Friday night. Philadelphia police responded to G Street and East Allegheny Avenue in Kensington. A 35-year-old man was killed there after being shot in the back, stomach, and shoulder. Police are still searching for a motive for that homicide.

Police say the vast majority of homicides are motivated by drugs and arguments. To combat it, Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw says the department will encourage officers to get to know people in their neighborhoods.

DANIELLE OUTLAW: We continuously encourage them to get out of their vehicles and get to know those individuals living, working, or visiting the neighborhoods in which they work.

HOWARD MONROE: Police say youth are increasingly becoming the victims of crime. So far this year, at least 81 juveniles have been shot. But they're also increasingly the perpetrators of crime. Police released this surveillance video of a shooting on Chew Avenue in East Germantown. It happened in early May. No one was injured but a juvenile was arrested following the shooting.

Commissioner Outlaw says in addition to police tackling crime, parents must also help out.

DANIELLE OUTLAW: Please let's continue to talk to our young people. Let's be nosy and know what they're doing. It is our responsibility, as parents, caregivers, service providers, leaders in our community, to make their business our business.

HOWARD MONROE: And to report a crime, you can either call or text the city's anonymous hotline. That number is 215-686-TIPS. Howard Monroe, CBS 3 Eyewitness News.