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APD Reaches Out to North Austin Community

Erika Aguilar, KUT News
The Austin Police Department hosted an event near Rundberg as a part of their outreach efforts launched this summer.

Austin Police say they are trying to get to know the Rundberg and North Austin community better. The department invited residents to a meet-and-greet event Saturday in the Northgate Boulevard area.

Austin Police say crime in the neighborhood is higher than other parts of Austin, but is often not reported.

"Half of these people here are afraid because they think they are going to get deported. I’ve seen that mostly everyday when people get mugged at a bus stop," said Joe Garcia, a Northgate Boulevard resident for the past 14 years. "You see these young kids like gangs trying to start trouble with Mexican workers trying to sell ice cream.”

APD is installing four surveillance cameras on East Rundberg Lane that should go into operation in early August. Garcia and other residents at Saturday's outreach event say they welcome the cameras.

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