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Chavis Heights Residents Say Crime Not New

Posted July 14, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Violence and crime are not big news for people who live in the area where a Raleigh police officer was shot and killed Friday. They say drug dealers and prostitutes cruise the streets all hours of the night. In Chavis Heights, the elderly are afraid to go outside.

Ask anyone in on Montague Street and they'll tell you that the neighborhood is infested with drugs. They also say outsiders are bringing the drugs in. They say they feel like Friday's shooting is an example of just how dangerous the area has become.

One elderly Montague street resident who asked not to be identified said she's afraid drug dealers will hurt her. She says the problem is even too big for police.

After Friday's shooting residents are even more skeptical about law enforcement's ability to protect them. It's okay to sit outside in the afternoon, they say, but at night people who live in the area stay inside.

Annie Johnson is concerned for the safety of her 10 grandchildren and her three foster children.

Audrey Avery has installed an alarm system in her home so that she will feel safer. Plants have been stolen from her porch and her car has been vandalised, but she feels lucky so far.

Residents say the police substation at Chavis Heights does help to an extent, but they're still very concerned. One woman told WRAL-TV5's Amanda Lambshe wants to organize a community group to help fight the crime.