With few details about the
two home invasions, some Albemarle residents are on edge Thursday night. The
incidents have one neighborhood association that recently discussed doing away
with its security patrol reconsidering.
The Four Seasons neighborhood
association board met Thursday night and safety was at the top of the list. The
board also talked about the future of the neighborhood's security.
neighborhood's been perfectly safe we thought," said Bob Storck, a member of
the neighborhood association. That's how many people who live in Four Seasons
feel about their neighborhood. But Wednesday night's home invasions have them
"I think armed
robberies are always scary in anybody's neighborhood, particularly when they're
home invasion sorts of things late at night," said Martha Wood, the
neighborhood association's president.
The crimes ironically come
at a time when the neighborhood association is in talks of getting rid of its
safety patrols. The board met to discuss the incidents and whether or not to
reconsider the removal of the neighborhood security.
"That is an issue
that the board will study once we get some answers to our questions and some
more information about how things operate," Wood said.
The board is waiting to
find out from police whether the crimes were random. It also plans to invite a
representative from the safety patrol company to sit down and answer questions -
but Wood says there is no stopping the inevitable.
"No matter how much
security you have, short of a tall electric fence you're not going to keep all
crime out," Wood said.
The association also plans
to get feedback from the rest of the neighborhood before any decision is made. "There's
going to be a decision later on and I suppose this event will have an effect,"
The association hopes to
make a decision about its security patrol sometime this summer.
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