SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - The Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority wants advice from the police chief on how to fight crime in the Cypress Manor neighborhood.
The complex has seen two murders already this year, and three murders in the last four years.
One option being considered is the installation of security cameras to combat crime. The cameras would be paid for with grant money.
"I just wish they would really hurry up and do something," said Robin Spratley, a resident of Cypress Manor.
Spratley says she usually keeps her children inside where it's safe.
"It's kind of hard to keep them in the house because they need to run their energy off," said Spratley. "So they come out, and I try to make them stay right in front of the house."
The two recent murders and the gunshots she hears at night are the reason for her concern.
"The Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority is extremely concerned about the safety and security of its residents," said Clarissa McAdoo, the executive director of SRHA.
McAdoo says SRHA wanted to consult with the police department before installing the cameras, specifically about camera locations to maximize the coverage.
"It is very important to work in partnership with the Suffolk police department," said McAdoo. "We are not law enforcement."
Suffolk Police Chief Thomas Bennett will offer a recommendation at a SRHA board meeting September 24.
"I think he should have been doing it a long time ago," said Ray Purcell, who lives across the street from Cypress Manor. "This should have been looked into a long time ago and then maybe some of the stuff would have never happened."
Residents say the cameras are a welcome change. They are sick of violence coming to them. McAdoo confirms none of the victims or suspects in any of the shootings lived in the neighborhood.
But they left bullet holes behind.
"It's a family neighborhood, on both sides," said Purcell. "It needs to be where the kids can be out here and feel safe when they're outside."
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