TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - A safety town hall meeting held at Glenwood Elementary School Thursday by local group Empowering and Strengthening Ohio's People discussed a surge in crime in parts of Toledo's old West end.
Many civic leaders have been invited to learn what needs to be done about the violence from residents who live in the area.
Regina McNair has lived on Detroit Ave. for five years. McNair said vacant lots in the neighborhood have become a dumping ground for garbage. The city cleans it up but the dumpers keep returning. McNair believes this contributes to crime.
"It's terrible because if they can dump here, they feel they can sell drugs, solicit. Whatever they want to do here," said McNair.
McNair said the dark streets attract the crooks, criminals and creeps.
"We need the alleys lit up. We need street lights on. It's called take back your neighborhood. Light up the night just as well as the day is lit up," said McNair.
New crime cameras keep a watchful eye over the neighborhood on Lawrence Ave. but Bishop James Williams said the real crime magnet continues to be blighted homes in the area.
"They use these vacant homes for drug dealing, pillage, stealing copper and all that other stuff," said Williams.
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