‘Spillover’ crime concerns grow in Wilmington neighborhood
Charles Blanton suspects that incidents of crime coming from surrounding housing developments like Creekwood have begun extending into his community.
Residents of one Wilmington community feel they have been sandwiched by neighborhood crime over the past few weeks.
Charles Blanton is president of the Carolina Place/Ardmore Neighborhood Association. He suspects that incidents of crime coming from surrounding housing developments like Creekwood have begun extending into his community.
"It's like whack-a-mole, when you stop it in one place, it can move to another neighborhood," said Blanton.
Blanton cites instances such as a Mother's Day shootout two blocks away from his Pender Ave. home, and weekly calls for shots fired just blocks away from his residence as reasons for concern. He said that the park down the street from his home has also been the site of many suspected drug deals.
"We generally hear a gunshot somewhere on a weekly basis," he explained.
Multiple community members told our reporter they too have seen this spike in criminal activity.
"What we want to do is work with the police department and city officials in order to see how we can help them and how they can help us address the crime problem," said Blanton.
Cpl. Leslie Irving with the Wilmington Police Department said she will need the community's participation to help aid in the problem.
"Give us a call, that's what we're here for," Irving said.
"We'll come out and we'll check it out and we'll look into it and try to build a partnership between this community and the police department in order to bring down crime in this area and the surrounding areas."
Blanton has scheduled a neighborhood meeting to discuss this growing issue. It will be held June 9 at 6:30 pm at the Temple Baptist Church.
Blanton said he has invited the City Manager and representatives from the Wilmington Police Department to attend.