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Near West 36th Street, neighbors say they're tired of the gun violence.

"It's still going on everyday. We're still losing our babies to these streets," says one neighbor who didn't want to share her name.

One of those babies, 15 year old Makayla Dennard, was shot and killed while standing in her driveway.

It was part of a rash of shootings in the city in late 2016.

On West 36th Street, Chief Clarence Williams told NewsChannel 5 since Makayla's murder, crime is now down in the neighborhood.

"Improved ten-fold."

He says more police presence in problem areas and technology played a role.

Assistant Chief Leonard Mitchell says these cameras, license plate readers, and their chronic nuisance vehicle called "The Eye" are helping as well.

Chief Williams says there's more to it. He's looking to create a program which aims to help youth resolve their differences.

"Not only by an enforcement standpoint, but also from a community building standpoint," says Williams.

He says building relationships with the community is key.

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