Neighbors Unite Against Crime
Property owner Mike Martin has seen enough. As a property owner in the North Central Village, he knows first hand the problems his renters deal with.
"Buyers waving at them, flipping them off, smiling at them, offering them drugs" he said.
The area between Walnut, Providence, College and I-70 has more crime than other parts of the city, but one street stands out. The North Central Village is quite a big area, and the residents are dedicated to stopping crime in all parts, but they say a lot of it happens to be centered here on Alton St.
"That's where it seems to be occurring, and in just about three houses on Alton St.," Martin said.
Martin and Neighborhood Association members want to start an effective neighborhood watch.
"We find that when a certain area heats up, if we get organized and let the people know that they're not standing alone, and let the landlords know that there is a problem, it usually gets taken care of," said Linda Rootes, Neighborhood Association member.
The City's Crime Prevention Unit put on the Neighborhood Watch program and Martin hopes it will be enough.
The association says it is tough to keep the Neighborhood Watch Program up and running because so many neighbors move in and out.