Crime is a problem in many communities across Eastern Carolina, but officials in Jacksonville say an approach there seems to be paying off.
For the past 5 years the Jacksonville Police Department has worked to weed out crime in notoriously violent and drug ridden areas of the city.
They've hit the areas hard with more patrols and community policing.
And now they hope the residents will get involved in their own neighborhoods.
The Police Department believes the positive changes are a result of the Weed and Seed program.
It's a two-pronged approach to weed out the crime and criminals with extra policing and community watch and then seed in human services, and community programs.
The department is in the later stages of the grant, which is why the seeding is just starting.
Officials say now it's time to plant in community watches, cleanups and residential programs