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Lompoc residents say they want to see more being done for public safety

Posted at 11:33 PM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 12:11:46-04

The mother of the teenage boy who was shot and killed this past Saturday in Lompoc said that more needs to be done to prevent tragedies from happening during Wednesday night's Public Safety Commission meeting.

"We need to take away this power from the gangs. We need to take away this power," said Elitania Villa, the mother of the victim.

Residents and members of the committee stood in solidarity with Villa during the meeting.

Those in attendance at the meeting discussed implementing new strategies like establishing a separate committee to get more community members involved in preventing and reporting crimes in Lompoc, as well as talked about installing security cameras to help law enforcement.

Some say installing these cameras would be the most cost effective option.

"And although there is a cost, it is minimal in comparison to the staffing and it is something we can do now," said Lompoc resident Nicholas Gonzales.

Several of the resolutions reached Wednesday night will need to be presented and approved by the city council.

The Public Safety Commission is also considering holding these types of meetings more frequently.