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      Crime reduction campaign begins in Birmingham, Anniston area

      Authorities in Birmingham and Anniston are cracking down on gun crimes with a crime reduction campaign. (abc3340.com)

      A crime reduction campaign{}is in full force{}in the Birmingham and Anniston area, law enforcement officials announced Thursday morning.

      Underneath one of ten billboards sporting a message to report gun crimes, authorities urged the public to come together to make communities safer.

      "We are looking for those people who are using firearms to terrorize their communities, to protect their drug trade, and{}to commit violent crimes," said Jeff Fulton, Special Agent in Charge of ATF's Nashville Field Division. "If we can slow down the ability of guns reaching the criminals, then we have made a positive impact in public safety."

      The goal is for the public to call Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777 to report gun violence.

      "So many people resolve their issue with violence," said Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper. "When there's a gun that's readily available, that's the first thing they grab."

      Crime Stoppers has had record success, and each tipster will remain anonymous. Plus, callers are eligible for cash rewards.

      "Already this year, the public's tips have led to more than 200 cases being cleared, said Frank Barefield, Crime Stoppers Chairman.

      The campaign will begin with billboard messages. The community will also be reached through pamphlets and message boards placed on{}buses.{}

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