WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Residents of Ardmore met with police Wednesday night about neighborhood crime. The meeting comes after residents say they heard from neighbors and read on social media about a spike in neighborhood crime.
“When you know that you have a problem, why are you not here?” said resident Shannon West. Her storage building was broken into a few years ago and she wants more police patrolling the neighborhood. “It would be nice if they rode through once a day,” she said. “I think that would be the key to going a long way.”
Investigators told residents they are not seeing an increase in crime. Since January of this year, 67 homes have been broken into. That’s up one break-in compared to the same time last year. Car break-ins are also up by one this year at 55 reports when compared to last year’s number of 54 during the same time period. Most of the car break-ins happened to people who left their vehicle unlocked and in some cases the keys still inside. Despite the numbers police agree one break-in is one too many. While they can’t be everywhere all the time they are working to increase patrols and are asking residents to call them anytime they see something out of the ordinary.
“We need more police presence, more arrest as a result of these break-ins,” said resident Miranda Jones. “I’d like to see those who live in Ardmore be more vigilant and care more for our belongings.”
Neighborhood leaders say they need more resident to get involved in the community. The neighborhood association is almost non-existent and they hope a Neighborhood Watch program comes out of Wednesday night’s meeting.
In addition to making sure your vehicle is locked, police asked Ardmore residents to always make sure when someone knocks on their door to make it know they are at home. Investigators told them you don’t have to open the door but at least acknowledge to the person knocking that you are home. Most of the home break-ins are happening during the day when people are not at home, according to police.