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Pittsburgh Police Increase Patrols as Homicides Spike (CREDIT: Darrell Sapp/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Police Increase Patrols as Homicides Spike

A string of recent homicides, believed to be drug-related, have Pittsburgh Police increasing patrols and they close in on potential suspects.

The Pittsburgh Police Department will be upping its presence on the street due to a recent rise in homicides.

Patrols in the “city’s eastern neighborhoods” will see a boost to negate what are being considered “drug-related” homicides, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

“We need more information to pull people off the street,” Pittsburgh Police Lt. Daniel Herrmann told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We know some of the key actors, but we don’t have enough to get a warrant yet.”

Police investigated 11 homicides in the city in July, bringing the number to 44 this year. That compares with 46 total in 2013 and a 10-year average of 52 homicides.

The Tribune-Review reported that several of the shootings have taken place at one North Side public housing complex.

“We know people are afraid, but at some point … we need to take back those communities,” acting police Chief Regina McDonald told the Tribune-Review.

McDonald said police are working with the Pittsburgh Housing Authority to increase security.

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