Due to a number of incidents impacting public safety, the City of Asheville is taking targeted steps to address the rise of crime especially in downtown Asheville. There are complex circumstances contributing to the safety issues that Asheville is currently seeing downtown and it will take a community response to address these complexities.  Multiple City departments are coordinating a City government response and we also need participation from community leaders and partners to address all the factors contributing to the rise in crime.

In response, the City is rolling out a 60-day initiative to address safety in downtown starting May 1, 2023.  

More information about the Downtown Safety Initiative can be found here.



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