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Residents and business owners are speaking to Raleigh Police about Glenwood South’s concerns

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RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — Dozens of business owners and people living in the Glenwood South area had an opportunity to share their concerns and ask questions with Raleigh Police and city officials at a community meeting Wednesday night.

The meeting was sponsored by the Glenwood South Neighborhood Collaborative.

President Larry Miller said it’s an opportunity for residents to learn what the Raleigh Police Department is doing to keep the area safe.

Everything from guns to scooters lying on the sidewalk was addressed.

Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson said she wanted to keep the social precinct alive but also avoid a “disaster.”

“Most important to me is the violence, we’ve seen an increase in people carrying guns in this corridor, which worries me a lot,” Patterson said.

Figures obtained by CBS 17 from Raleigh Police show an increase in crime in the Glenwood South area since before the pandemic.

There have been 77 attacks so far this year, up from 66 in the same period in 2019.

The 89 gun seizures are more than five times the number for the same period in 2019, when there were 16 gun seizures.

The number of shootings stayed the same at one.

“I don’t think this area is any less safe than it used to be, although we’ve seen some instances of increased crime, but I think it’s because we have a stronger presence now,” Patterson said.

Raleigh Police have stepped up enforcement in recent months, with a special unit of eight officers in Glenwood South Friday and Saturday nights.

RPD said officers were also patrolling side streets.

Doug and Jill Brown said they had no major safety concerns.

One of their biggest frustrations is being woken up late into the night and early in the morning by motorbikes and noisy cars.

A concern raised by several people at the meeting.

According to RPD, the challenge in catching noisy cars and motorcyclists is that they’ve likely already left the area where the 911 calls are being made.

“This is a neighborhood, not just a social neighborhood, it’s a neighborhood where people live and we need to remember that,” Brown said.

Patterson was asked about the potential for more officers patrolling Glenwood. She said she does not have the resources to devote more officials to this area.

https://www.cbs17.com/news/residents-business-owners-talk-with-raleigh-police-over-glenwood-south-concerns/ Residents and business owners are speaking to Raleigh Police about Glenwood South’s concerns

DUSTIN JONES

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