A plan to put more police in a crime plagued part of Salisbury produced immediate results before it was even fully implemented.
On Tuesday Salisbury Police Chief Rory Collins unveiled the new plan, which would concentrate more officers in the west end of town, where the crime rate has risen more than 12% in the last five years even though the overall crime rate in the city is down 8.6%.
On Wednesday afternoon police responded to a report of shots fired in an area near Linn Lane and Brenner Avenue. Two detectives who were working in the area actually heard the shots and saw people running from the area.
Two people were caught and a handgun was found.
The chief, urged on by neighbors, is hopeful that by putting more resources into the area, the crime trend may be reversed.