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Murder Rates Climb In Dayton

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More people in the city of Dayton are dying from gun violence this year. The problem is particularly severe in the neighborhoods of West Dayton. City officials say the number of gun-crimes is also up -- despite an overall drop in violent crime since 2011. To learn more about the gun-related homicide rate, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl.
In the interview, Chief Biehl says the department is stepping up efforts to prevent gun crime and gun-related killings in high-crime areas of Dayton, but also points to an increased willingness of residents to step up and report possible leads or known facts of a particular case.