By Ray King

Jefferson County Sheriff Lafayette Woods Jr., on Tuesday said that while more enforcement of existing laws seems to work, it will take a “multi-faceted solution to solve the problem of homicides in Pine Bluff.

Appearing on the Oldies 101.3 morning show with Greg Horne and Will Jenkins, Woods said;

Woods was asked if some of the vacant abandoned properties in Pine Bluff can be safe havens for criminal activity and said “there is no secret that there are individuals here who don’t know where they are going to stay the night, let alone where they’re going to get their meals” so they create an opportunity for criminal activity. In addition, he said thieves will enter those older, vacant houses to steal copper to sell to feed their drug habits or other habits they have.

With school set to begin next week, Woods said deputies will be particular attention to traffic in and around school zones.