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Detroit Residents In Crime Ridden-Neighborhood Say They Feel Like Prisoners In Their Homes

A group of residents living in a crime-ridden and predominantly black Detroit neighborhood say they often feel like prisoners in their own homes and are afraid to even leave to go to church.

via News One

You would think going to church wouldn’t pose a security risk, but some Detroiters beg to differ.

On city’s West Side, between Seven and Eight Mile Roads near Telegraph, rests a tight-knit community that has grown tired of vagrants who frequent a park near their homes.

On any given day or night, street walkers], drug dealers and other trouble makers can be seen hanging out in Fargo-Fenton Playground. Too often, they leave behind syringes, liquor bottles, and used condoms, according to one resident interview by Fox 2 News Detroit.

Other residents told the television station that they believe the shady people hanging around the park are connected to a string of recent home break-ins in the neighborhood–especially during church hours.

Here is more of what some residents told Fox 2 about break-ins during church hours:

“Come home and find that their windows have been pried open,” said a resident. “You don’t know who’s going to attack you next.”

“Your hands are tied basically as a citizen. You really are at the mercy of the criminals.”

“We have to defend ourselves against the criminals who want to just singly take over,” said another neighbor. “People are afraid, and they’re getting older, and the kids are now beginning to move them away.”

“We’re being targeted when we go to church. Come home and everything should be fine, but when you come home and everything you’ve worked hard for is ripped apart and then you’ve got to pay to repair the damage that was done to your home, it will deter you from going because you want to try to protect what you have because no one else is going to do it for you.”

This is a shame. We really have to do better….NOW.



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