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NEST working to make Uptown Greenville safer

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With Christmas right around the corner, more people are heading into Uptown Greenville to shop, eat and play.

Safety is on top of the mind for many. Whether it's having dinner, meeting up with friends or whatever, Greenville Police and the businesses in Uptown want everyone to enjoy themselves and be safe at the same time.

What you don't see while in Uptown is all the work going on by dozens of people to make sure the area is as safe as can be. Winslow's general manager Don Pittman and nearly 50 other business owners in the area have joined Greenville Police to form the Nighttime Economy Safety Team (NEST). IT's job is to make Uptown as safe at night as possible.

NEST has worked, too. According to Greenville Police, since 2012, violent crime in Uptown has declined 37 percent with total crime dropping 44 percent.

Pittman said it's going to take a community effort to keep it going that way. Click the above video to learn more from NewsChannel 12's Tyler Hardin.

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