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Hotels, residents want more police and less crime around Forsyth Park

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Property and violent crime in the Forsyth Park area are surprisingly high—a reality many who run hotels or rent property around Forsyth Park hope those visiting don't base their spending on.

Sunday night, another victim was brutally attacked.

Forsyth is one of Savannah's most popular attractions—clearly for locals, tourists and thieves. The places we spoke with all said they advise visitors to never go through Forsyth Park at night, but they also want to see more police doing more to make Forsyth a friendlier place.

"We want them to be safe and not walking on the inside of the park after dark," said Forsyth Park Inn General Manager Andrea Morton.

They also encourage people to use certain roads like Bull Street and stay away from others.

"Bull Street is heavily traveled by tour groups and families day and night," said Morton.

Morton said police can do more, though. She wants more patrols in the area—keeping away people who don't belong and deterring crime.

The Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department said that's the plan with dozens of new officers coming on board. The chief said in a sit-down with us several weeks ago they will be beefing up park patrols.

"Our emphasis has to be on protecting our citizens and our visitors," said SCMPD Chief Jack Lumpkin.

Yes, that means Forsyth—but not just Forsyth.

"We also have to protect Daffin. We have to protect Mayer. We have to protect all those public spaces,” said Chief Lumpkin.

Metro did not respond for clarification on when those extra patrols might start. People working and living around here say it can never be soon enough.

"We need people to continue to come, and we want repeat guests because there's a lot of activities going on even in the late evening here in Savannah,” said Morton.

She said safety for those guests should be a top priority.

The victim in Sunday’s robbery continues to recover. Her attacker is still on the loose. Police offered a vague almost generic description of a black male, dark clothes, 6 feet tall and in his 20's.

There is a cash reward for information leading to his arrest.

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