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South Sacramento meetings to address crime in Asian American, Latino communities

Two community meetings are scheduled to inform members of the Asian American and Latino communities how to protect themselves from crime.

In August, a spate of robberies of Asian Americans occurred in south Sacramento, according to police. Members of the Asian American community urged law enforcement to increase attention to the uptick in crime.

In response, Sacramento police assigned several specialty units to prevent and investigate these crimes. A group of residents, some of them armed, also patrolled south Sacramento and responded to pleas for help posted on the Chinese social media app WeChat.

In early October, the department noted that 20 people had been arrested for robberies in the area. Officials credited increased police presence and outreach to the Asian American community with a 43 percent drop in robberies in September.

Two community meetings are planned Wednesday to continue the outreach to Asian Americans, according to a Sacramento County news release. Residents will be able to learn from law enforcement how to protect themselves from crime and how to report any crime that occurs.

The meetings will be held at the George Sim Community Center, 6207 Logan St., which is near 65th Street and Lemon Hill Avenue.

The first session, with translations into Vietnamese, Hmong and Mien, will be from 6 to 7:15 p.m. The second, with translations into Cantonese, Mandarin and Spanish, is from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews