State Representative Brian Banks (D-Harper Woods) will host a Crime and Safety Town Hall on Monday, Feb. 3, from 6-8 p.m. at East English Village Preparatory Academy, 5020 Cadieux Road in Detroit. The meeting will feature panelists from local law enforcement agencies, area schools, community groups and churches, along with a security expert.

“As the state representative for Michigan’s 1st House District, I’ve seen an alarming increase in crime during recent months. I am truly concerned about the well-being of my constituents and the state of our communities,” said Banks. “Combating crime and working toward making the 1st District a safer place to live and work is one of my primary tasks, and I am working tirelessly to see it through.”

Earlier this year, in an effort to reduce crime in his district, Banks initiated and took part in a districtwide effort to identify and board up blighted properties. To date, with the help of volunteers, he has boarded up more than 150 blighted homes that encouraged criminal behavior while serving as safe havens for drug dealing, thieves and squatters. Blight, and ways of tackling it, will also be addressed at the town hall.

“This meeting will give me a chance to discuss important issues with community members and brainstorm more ways of keeping the district safe,” Banks said. “I want my community to know that I have zero tolerance for the potential threats that drug dealers, criminals and thieves pose to a safer way of life for Detroiters.”