Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A Richland County Councilman is asking for money that would allow deputies from the Sheriff's Department Gang Unit to assist in Five Points.
Both the Richland County Sheriff and the Interim Columbia Police Chief agree when it comes to initial plans to stop violence in Five Points.
Both are saying a more targeted approach is needed, and it's something visitors agreed with as well.
"Lately we've just been kind of terrified so we've been hanging out in the Vista," said Lindsay Horton, a senior at the University of South Carolina.
"We've just been doing different things like going to the Vista and getting dinner there, and drinks there or staying home and having a wine night." said Horton. "Just not really trying to take the risk of coming down here."
Richland County Councilman Seth Rose is working to do something about what some are calling a growing problem.
"I know the Sheriff is coming up with an action plan right now which would put Richland County Sheriff resources in Five Points to assist with the problem," Rose said.
Rose said part of the plan would see members of the Richalnd County Sheriff's Departments Gang Unit walking Five Points.
Rose called it a targeted approach, saying neither the Richland County Council nor the Sheriff want to pull resources from other parts of Richland County.
"So what we need to do, from a financial standpoint, is give the Sheriff the ability to put resources in Five Points," Rose said.
Columbia's Interim Police Chief Ruben Santiago agreed, and said Five Points is an area being victimized by gang crimes.
According to Chief Santiago, such a move would help keep his officers in other areas of the city that need focused policing.
For Horton, it came back to the central issue of safety.
"I want to be 100 percent sure that I'm safe and I can go out and have a good time with my friends," Horton said.
Councilman Rose's request for funding will be moved to the County's finance committee, Rose said.
From there, it's expected to be brought in front of the whole council sometime next month.