BRIDGEPORT - Bridgeport residents are urging city officials to do more to stunt the city's growing crime rate.

Three murders in Bridgeport this past weekend bring the city's total number of homicides to 16 this year, four more than in all of 2009.

Residents say that the city's control of the streets is gradually slipping, and that more needs to be done in the realm of education to turn youths away from violence.

Norwalk Chief of Police Harry Rilling says that police are seeing an increased number of guns on the streets, and will address the issue of violent crime by targeting these firearms.