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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Dubuque has seen more shots fired incidents this year than last, and has more homicides, 5, then in the past five years combined.

In an effort to combat that uptick in crime, Dubuque's City Council approved more than $500,000 for 96 new cameras and more than 200 new LED streetlights.

Jeff Montgomery, vice president of the Downtown Neighborhood Association, said many in his neighborhood are pleased with the decision.  He adds, though, he knows they won't fix the problem.

"I mean nothing's going to squash current crime completely, but it's going to be a big deterrent, so people can't hide in the shadows, because a lot of crime happens in the shadows," he said.

Dubuque City Council member Kevin Lynch, agrees.

"I don't know if there's a good way to make crime go away completely, forever. But you know, we can make sure that we're talking with everybody and taking the steps we need to keep up with it and do everything we can to keep everybody safe."

And while it's a great step in the right direction, Lynch says when it comes to their work with public safety, it's never over.

Part of the work they're taking a big part in is keeping the dialogue open with concerned community members.

"It's so important I can't even begin to describe it," he said. "What we need to do is keep those lines of communication open and at the same time to remember not to turn on each other. Everybody is as disgusted and up in arms about it as the next person is."

Dubuque's City Council will hold a special work session Monday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m., partly because they believe that the lights and cameras aren't the solution, but rather part of it, Lynch said.

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