Rochester Neighborhood Meeting to Discuss Recent Crime

Posted at: 07/11/2013 10:41 PM
Updated at: 07/11/2013 10:42 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- Proof there is a problem. A bullet hole inside a Rochester home, how neighbors say enough is enough.

Those living in the eastside neighborhood in Rochester got together Wednesday saying they want a solution to what they see as a growing crime problem. It was just a week ago shots rang out in that area.

A number of people living in the neighborhood were at the meeting. They talked with police to see how they can work together to tackle crime. "It seems like crime has escalated, specifically with the shooting we had recently.

It's getting scary," said Rochester resident Crys Ingalls. Neighbors say they've noticed burglaries and other problems before, but the recent shooting was their last straw.

"We need to do something and do it together as a united front instead of one, or two people, or a bunch of groups,"  said Ingalls.

"Get the police officers out here, get people from the criminal investigation unit, and to talk to people about victims in our neighborhood or anything that may be going on," said Michael Laplante with the neighborhood association.

That was the goal Wednesday night, gathering with police, and coming up with a better solution. "Work with the neighborhood, the police, the city, the county officials, to enhance the safety and security of our neighborhood," said Laplante.

However, before they could get anywhere, there were some spouts of frustration. Though, police at the meeting said, "we're not your enemies," and ensured the residents they're doing their best, but need the public’s help too.

Everyone in the room agreed on this... “We need to do something before somebody does end up getting hurt," said Ingalls.

The group also talked about forming neighborhood watches, something that could come in the future.