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Posted: 5:31 p.m. Friday, June 8, 2012
By Mark Becker
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
A month with no violent crime may not be a big deal in some communities, but along one of Charlotte's tougher streets, it might be a first.
Police have spent a lot of time over the last few months focusing on crime problems in the motel corridor on Sugar Creek Road near Interstate 85.
“The hotel management has been put on notice. We've been tolerating this for years,” said Lt. Ken Schul.
The recent effort has apparently paid off in the form of no violent crime for the entire month of May.
"I've been back in the area for five years, and I've never seen zero violent crime," Schul said. "No robberies, no murders, no assaults with a deadly weapon."
That statistic also goes for the Hidden Valley neighborhood, which is behind Sugar Creek Road.
But neighbors said they are concerned because some of the prostitutes who have been in the nearby motels are now showing up in their communities.
“I do see a few nightwalkers. That's what I call them -- nightwalkers,” said resident Gary Dawkins.
Police said they are aware of the problem and working on it.
Dawkins shared the concerns of residents with police at a neighborhood meeting earlier this week.
Schul said getting rid of violent crime will eventually get rid of the prostitution problem, as well. But neighbors said they are not willing to wait on that to happen.
“We're going to push them from Hidden Valley somewhere else. Where? I don't know, but they're going to leave the Hidden Valley community. That's for sure,” Dawkins said.
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