A Charlottesville city councilor is suggesting the city consider security cameras, lighting, and private security to boost safety in public housing communities.
This follows a weekend of violence that wounded two police officers and sent a suspect to the hospital.
City Councilor Wes Bellamy says that after a number of visits to public housing community Westhaven, talking to people who live there, and reflecting on community meetings, he believes now is the time to move forward in regard to security at Charlottesville’s various public housing areas.
People living in Westhaven say improving security in the area is something that's long overdue.
Bellamy is proposing measures like new LED lighting in all public housing sites.
A second proposal is having private security for Westhaven, similar to what is seen at Crescent Halls. A third is revisiting the security camera policy, and considering installing the cameras.
“With the shootings that have transpired as of late, it's a safety issue and we have to make sure that regardless of where anyone lives in our community and in our city as a whole they feel safe,” Bellamy said. “So just because you live in public housing doesn't mean that we don't have to ensure your safety, and I think that's what we're going to try and do.”
Bellamy says he's sent information to his colleagues on the housing authority board as well as City Council to let them know his proposals.
He says he's hopeful that if additional funding is needed for the housing authority to implement security measures, he believes it's something council will find reason to support.