Residents in Salisbury neighborhood fed up with crime

by: Tina Terry Updated:

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SALISBURY —

Some neighbors in the West End neighborhood of Salisbury told Channel 9 they're fed up with crime in their community.

Carolyn Rice said she heard gunshots ring out in the neighborhood two weeks ago at 1 a.m. 

The next day she discovered one of the bullets came through a window and into a television just feet from where her granddaughters' slept.

"I went in they room and I stuck my finger in the hole and immediately I start getting nervous."

Just last week someone threw a brick through her window and broke into her house in the middle of the day.

"It makes me angry," she said.

Neighbors in West End said crimes have been mounting lately. Tuesday night they told city council members they want more lights on streets and more police presence.

"If you want your neighborhood to be safe, make ours safe," said Rice.

"I feel like with the amount of property taxes you pay I feel you should get better service," said Cynthia Moore-Stanfield.  She lives in the neighborhood too.

City councilman William Kennedy said police are aware of the recent crimes in West End.  He said later this month they'll start having police patrol the area 24 hours a day.

He also wants the council and city manager to personally meet with neighbors.

"I think this is a time to open up lines of communication and listen to what citizens have to say," said Kennedy.

He said the police also assigned an officer to go through the neighborhood and talk to neighbors about persistent problems. That officer started working on Monday.