How much crime will you accept in your neighborhood?

Belmont NA hosting National Night Out event to put the focus back on local crime watch activities

How much crime is too much crime for you? If you live on Lower Greenville, things may be getting to the too much level very soon.

These are just a few of the incidents that BD has heard about. You and your neighbors probably have more stories...

  • We've got two new neighbors, but don't send out the Welcome Wagon just yet. BD is not sure what is so special about Summit Avenue, but two registered sex offenders are now living on this non-descript street. Click here for more details.
  • Last year, BD was helping a neighbor who lived in the duplex from hell. Her downstair neighbors included a local street person who was allowed to camp out in a working shed behind the house when he was not running liquor deliveries for a package store on Greenville (how many street folks have Nextel phones?).
  • On June 19th at 2 am, there was a cutting - apparently of bar patrons - on the 5600 block of Sears Street.
  • A neighbor on Oram Street writes to tell how his shed was broken into - from the roof. We wanted you and the neighborhood to know that our shed was broken into a few days ago. They actually did not break the locks on the doors - they went through the roof, ripped it off! Every piece of lawn equipment was taken. We think it occurred around 3 a.m.

Crimewatch does not mean neighbors driving around the streets every weekend (especially when gas hit $2.27 a gallon!). It means knowing who lives behind, in front and on both sides of your house, and paying attention to what happens in your little corner of the world.

Check crime stats for our areas in 2003 and 2004 - click here. You can see current (2005) crime stats here.

If you - like many of your neighbors - are fed up with crime in our area, then make plans to attend the Belmont NA National Night Out (NNO)/ CrimeWatch event on August 2, 2005 at the Gachet Coffee Lounge on Lower Greenville - click here for details.

Officers from the DPD Central Division will be there to talk to you about home security, crime watch ideas, and anything else you want to ask. You can enjoy some great coffee and pastry while you compare notes with your neighbors.

If you are a local business (within the BNA boundaries, especially), you are invited to contact BNA about setting up a table to display your wares. We are also looking for donations of food to serve and cash to buy NNO items. Call BD at 214-824-5771 or click here to send an email.

Vickery Place NA's is hosting their own NNO event - click here for more information. LGNA is hosting an event in Tietze Park but no details are online yet. (All NNO events take place at the same time and date).

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Safe streets