Management, Police Step Up Crossing's Place Security After Shootings

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

On the outside it looks like any other student housing complex but those on the inside are calling it Little Detroit.

"There's always the chance of getting hit by a stray bullet. It's not impossible," said Crossing's Place resident Erica Price.

Price and her roommate Amy Kieling aren't ruling anything out after the second shooting at Crossing's Place apartments in six weeks-- this time, just two floors below them. But both times, they happened on the weekend.

"This is the first weekend since the shooting so we're not really sure what's going to come of it with the new security," said Kieling.

Residents say after the first shooting management hired a security guard to verify anyone coming in was a resident. But they say not only was it ineffective--it didn't last longer than a week. And only now, nearly two months and another shooting later is there someone patroling the complex at night.

"They need to put locks on the doors, they need to put camers, they need someone at the front," said Kieling.

Kieling talked to a lawyer about getting out early but has had no luck yet. The property manager wouldn't talk to us on camera but did issue a letter to residents calling the shooting an isolated incident. It turns out they issued the same letter after the first shooting, changing almost nothing but the date.

"They said lock your doors, don't answer if you don't know them," said Jayme Pena, a resident who got the letter. "It's a common sense thing. That's not going to stop a shooting."

Bath Township Police say the incidents are definitely cause for concern and advise residents to choose their house guests wisely.

"These blanket invitations sent over these social networks will result in these kinds of things happening where people you don't know and dont' want there will show up," said Officer Tom Decker.

Officer Decker says that's exactly what happened last weekend.

And he says incidents like this often go unreported or are reported too late, adding that residents shouldn't hesitate to call 9-1-1 when something happens.

In the meantime they have stepped up patrols in the area and hope the new security guard can serve as their eyes and ears when they can't be there.

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