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Creekwood residents meet with police, housing authority to discuss neighborhood troubles

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The Wilmington Housing Authority and Wilmington Police Department held the informational meeting to get feedback from residents about the neighborhood's crime. The Wilmington Housing Authority and Wilmington Police Department held the informational meeting to get feedback from residents about the neighborhood's crime.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Residents of the Creekwood community gathered at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church Thursday evening to discuss the neighborhood's recent issues with crime.

The Wilmington Housing Authority and Wilmington Police Department held the informational meeting to get feedback from residents about the neighborhood's crime.

Residents said they would like to see an increased police presence at all hours of the day because violence can happen at any time. They also said they were concerned about people speeding in the neighborhood.

Raymond Bates used to live in Creekwood and is working with the NOT Foundation to help stop violence in the community.  He hopes the police department will step-up enforcement in the developments like Creekwood.

"I'm just tired of hearing the same old thing," said Bates about police involvement in the neighborhood.  "I want to start seeing more action done than just words."

Jeff Hovis, Chairman of the Wilmington Housing Authority Board, was happy with the meeting's turnout.

"We had to get our hands around that we got to do something.  It has to be both authority and citizens, so I was encouraged," said Hovis.

Hovis said the housing authority plans to add "no trespassing" signs to the Creekwood development.  He said they are also working to get identification cards for every resident that is at least 10 years old.

Bates said he was skeptical about the police department and housing authority's initiatives to stop crime.

"If they do exactly what they say they're going to do, it'll hold a great benefit," said Bates.  "If you're just going to give lip-service about what you do, then we're going to have the same old results."

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