Raleigh Police Increase Patrols In Southwest Raleigh Neighborhood
Posted May 9, 2002 8:13 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — Some people in a southwest Raleigh neighborhood said police are not doing enough to stop drug dealing and other problems.
One Boylan Heights resident even videotaped people on the streets, looking for anything suspicious.
Chad Rudy said that there is a constant flow of cars through the neighborhood.
"It just seems like there's a lot of stuff going on that shouldn't be going on," he said.
Rudy said patrols do not work and has proof on videotape that he shared with police. In once instance on the tape, a man walks up to a house, hands over cash and then leaves.
Rudy said it happens all the time.
"I have tried everything to point out what's wrong with the neighborhood, and I don't feel like a lot of stuff is being done," he said.
Police Chief Jane Perlov recently toured the neighborhood and promised to add more patrols. But will it be enough?
"There are some cases on it where, obviously, people are making hand-to-hand drug deals, but there is a lot of it where people are just hanging out. It's not illegal to hang out," said Lt. Kent Sholar of the Raleigh Police Department.
Police said they have added patrols to the area and encourage officers to get out of their cars and talk with residents.
"We're trying to be everywhere at all times, but obviously we're answering calls for service. We do see a need in that area and we're working on it," said Lt. Tim Shermer of the Raleigh Police Department.
Rudy said it is still a work in progress.
"They've upped the patrols in the neighborhood, but it seems like they kind of overlook the stuff," he said.
Police say the increased patrols have nabbed seven suspected drug dealers in the past couple of months.
Police also said that on the street where Rudy lives, the most severe call received by police in the past six months was a domestic disturbance call.