LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) – Concerns over crime in the City of Lockport have police and local leaders searching for solutions. After a rash of shootings and stabbings, Lockport Police called a meeting to address the community’s concerns.
Lockport residents say drugs and violence are taking over their neighborhoods and making their communities unsafe.
“We’ve got to keep an eye on the violence. We have to protect our kids,” said one resident.
“The stabbings and shootings are getting too close to our home and we’re worrying about it and we can’t sleep that good,” said resident Alexander Fleming.
“It had really gotten bad at the beginning of this year, but this has been a few years now that this has been occurring,” said Regina Brown.
Around 50 people came to a meeting Tuesday night. Police wanted to hear from residents about what they are seeing in the town and work together to come up with solutions.
“In the last few months we’ve had some pretty serious crimes happen in the city. Some robberies of convenience stores, home invasions robberies, stabbings, more shootings then we’ve had in a quite a while,” said Lockport Police Chief Larry Eggert.
Lockport Police have already seen eight shootings since the beginning of the year. That’s more than they see in a typical year and we’re only half way through 2014.
“It’s not drive-by shootings, it’s not random violence. This is targeted violence on one person on another for various reasons. So they’re safe in the neighborhoods,” said Eggert.
The other concern is drug deals taking place on the streets. “I’m on the Impact Zone and we see a lot of drug trafficking and the apartment rentals, it’s just gone downhill and the landlords don’t do anything about it,” said resident Donna Fleming.
Police told residents it’s important that they call anytime they see something suspicious.
“People don’t call. They don’t want to be involved, they don’t want to be part of they might get retribution, stitches for snitches that sort of thing, and unfortunately that’s really built on something that’s giving us a lot of trouble in police work,” said Eggert.
“I believe they really need the communities help we have to call if we see it call it,” said Brown.
“Don’t hold it back, speak up, that’s what the cops are for,” said Fleming.
Eggert said they received good feedback from residents, as well as some good ideas. He said they may start a tip-line for the department after a recommendation from someone in the crowd.