Memphis police, environmental court judge to meet with Cooper-Young Feb. 11

Col. Russell Houston, head of the Memphis Police Department’s Crump Station, and Hon. Judge Larry Potter of Memphis’ Environmental Court, will speak with neighbors at a meeting Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m., at the CYCA office, 2298 Young.

Houston will discuss recent break-ins and robberies that have had neighbors talking recently. For the Crump Station, Houston said such crimes are relatively low. That is not to downplay or dismiss those people who have had someone violate their space or take their personal belongings (I have been one of them!) but overall for the entire precinct that is a very low number, he said.

At this time, there is no indication that incidents are happening in our neighborhood at any higher rate of frequency than other neighborhoods around us. Still, please be alert and call the Crump Station to ask for a directed patrol on your block if you feel it is needed.

Also, PLEASE report crimes. That is the only way that they can identify trends and address them. Even if your car window was broken and you don’t intend on filing an insurance claim for your window, DO file a police report.

Also, make sure you lock your car doors. Some non-upstanding people will just go try door latches until they get lucky, but that makes them more likely to try it again in a given area.

Make sure your porch lights work and are bright and leave them on overnight or consider a motion sensor light. Also, if any streetlights are out, report them immediately.

Lastly, with the rise in social media, we are a lot more connected. In the past, we had to rely on immediate neighbors, phone calls for information or maybe email. Now, everyone is on Facebook and Nextdoor has grown almost 300 percent in a year. Hearing about more incidents does not always mean that more incidents are happening, just that you are more aware.

One of the best things that we can do is use that knowledge to our advantage to keep abreast of what Midtown criminals are doing so that we are prepared and alert. Let’s stay calm and help watch out for one another. That’s what neighbors are for.

Judge Potter, from Environmental Court, will  address the role of the court in fighting blight show how neighbors can lend a hand in that fight.  He will also talk about how residents can band together to bring properties to court.

Animal Control patrolling for stray dog packs in C-Y

In January, a rash of cat and chicken killings blamed on packs of stray dogs in Cooper-Young prompted outcry from neighbors who want something done about animals roaming the neighborhood.The attacks began cropping up last summer, with at least seven cats dead in one weekend, Kristan Huntley said.  Packs have been witnessed roaming nearby neighborhoods, too.In January, five or six trucks from Animal Control began patrolling Cooper-Young in the pre-dawn hours, when most of the dog attacks seem to occur, and set out traps on Nelson, where there have been several sightings.In the meantime, Huntley suggested keeping cats indoors and said not to leave food outside for cats and other animals.

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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