Westville calls for new police station

New Haven, Conn. (WTNH)— A New Haven alderman is asking for a heightened police presence in his Westville neighborhood, following a spike in crime.

Darryl Brackeen Jr.,  New Haven’s 26th Ward Alderman says, “There are elderly that are being terrorized, neighbors who simply want to know that our city is responding in some way shape or form.”

Community leaders say from January to September of this year, crime in the Westville section of the city has soared to a startling level. “we’ve had about 26 burglaries, 21 auto thefts, 11 thefts from auto … and vandalism so the list goes on,” says Brackeen.

From home invasions, muggings to car thefts. Community leaders want a satellite police station in hopes it will reduce violence and other crime. more than one hundred residents signed a petition after a recent home invasion on Fountain Street.

Right now there is only one police substation for District 2 on Valley Street. Concerned residents say police officers are spread thin and are responsible for patrolling a large area.

Bridget Gardner says, “just knowing that there is a place i can go to that is much closer than the one that we currently have more centralized.”

Some Westville residents say they don’t always feel safe outside.  Gardner says, “I like walking my dog, I haven’t been walking my dog.” Even with the block watch team there’s been an uptick in crime. residents say a police satellite location would make them feel safer.

Mrs. Mullins who is a Westville resident says, “our community has been pretty free of crime until recently and with peoples’ comfort and that nature it would probably be a good idea to have one.”

“These are real lives behind the numbers and to have that sense of community, to have that sense of safety it is very important,” says Brackeen.

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