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Honolulu Police help clean up graffiti in Chinatown

Debora Tandal Debora Tandal

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In Chinatown, police and the community are cracking down on crime.

On Saturday, more than 100 volunteers cleaned up paint and graffiti in the area.

Police say this kind of effort helps to reduce and deter crime because criminals see that the community is active in keeping their neighborhood safe.

"When people see rubbish, the perception is that there's crime, but when the community and crime isn't accepted", said Assistant Chief Debora Tandal.

Police say community involvement has helped reduce crime dramatically in Chinatown after an outbreak of gang violence early last year that included a deadly shooting and a stabbing.

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