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New, stricter rules lowers crime in public housing areas

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The WHA wants to make sure they address any violations in a speedy manner and tighten up safety as much as possible. The WHA wants to make sure they address any violations in a speedy manner and tighten up safety as much as possible.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Since the implementation of the new housing authority rules, and a stricter enforcement of the old ones, crime in public housing areas has gone down, and fast.

The same officers patrol the streets seven days a week and the no trespass list was created.

Another thing that's helped keep criminals out of the area is the curfew, which keeps the youth off the neighborhood streets during late night hours.

Jeff Hovis at the WHA says they're seeing a lot more friendly interaction with residents, especially in Creekwood, an area very well known for crime, and they aren't going to tolerate anyone ruining the road to improvement.

The WHA wants to make sure they address any violations in a speedy manner and tighten up safety as much as possible.

The Resident and Community Services committee will meet Thursday at 4 p.m. to come up with a recommendation for the board, a recommendation of a very clear-cut procedure to follow when someone breaks the rules.

The goal is to have a standardized meeting every two weeks to address lease violations, instead of wasting a great deal of time working on people breaking the rules case-by-case. But WHA officials said in an interview, two things are already set in stone.

If any resident allows someone on the no trespass list into their home, and that guest brings along the element of drugs, weapons or violence, that resident will immediately evicted.

The same thing goes for those who still have not gotten a proper WHA identification.

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