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updated: 7/19/2013 8:53 AM

Chicago Police starts door-to-door visits to fight violence

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Chicago Police are kicking off an experiment in a neighborhood on the city's West Side, hoping to alert would-be criminals that they're being watched and face stiff penalties if they're convicted of crimes.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports a commander is set to begin knocking on doors Friday to deliver warning letters to about 20 people who statisticians say are most likely to become shooters or crime victims.

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The "custom notification" letters come after police identified more than 400 "hot people" across the city who are most likely to be involved in often-fatal shootings.

Right now the targeted effort is limited to a single district in the Austin neighborhood. But police hope to expand the practice as gang violence continues to make headlines.

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