Attack in Central Gardens

Is there any doubt that crime is out of control in Memphis?
Look what happened the past Sunday morning. Thugs in a stolen car pulled a gun on a woman walking her dog at 7:30 in the morning, fired it and grazed the dog.

Immediately there was an outpouring of responses on Nextdoor. Some were like this:

“This makes all teens look bad as well as Central Gardens. Memphis has gained a reputation that overshadows all the good and wonderfulness that is St Jude. I have never been afraid to live anyplace and I won’t start now. I have had a CCP for many years, and only carried it when I lived on a very rural farm. Even then I never considered using it unless attacked by a wild animal that I couldn’t Back away from.”

“I am very aware here and take precautions I shouldn’t have too. I no longer walk with my dog unless my ‘bodyguard’ is with me.”

“We should not feel compelled to live like this, I will not run.”

Others pressed for more cameras, seeing the answer in technology:

“People can, even if their neighbors don’t want to participate, put up a system that will capture most of what goes on at or around their homes. I did and it captures everyone and every car that goes by me on my corner lot both on Central and on Barksdale. It’s a stretch to capture plates on Central, but I can on Barksdale depending upon direction of travel. Even when it can’t, I get decent captures of faces and color/make/model of cars. The system isn’t crazy expensive either.”

“I guess my point is that each of us can do something and if we all did something, whatever we could, then we could get these scumbags off the streets.”
“I think it has a lot to do with cross town traffic. Those neighborhoods have cameras, but also don’t have high volume north-south (Maclean and Willett) streets like we have. Believe many crimes are crimes of opportunity. People with bad intentions always on look out for “soft” targets. Agree that a handful of cameras at high volume CG intersections would do much to discourage crime and certainly facilitate capture of perpetrators. I would happily contribute money to the cause.
agree that is some of it. But today was about intent and not just opportunity-police told me they jacked the car, drove here, tried to rob at Peabody and Willett, 3 mins later robbed at Willett and Carr. We had a neighbor shot at and grazed her dog all at 7:30 AM. They specifically came here to commit crime. Car was dumped 15 minutes later. If we had a network of high profile cameras that said we are watching you, that act would not likely have occurred with such a deterrent.
all these neighborhood streets need those large rounded speed bumps.
Reminding people to slow down.”

I’m not sure how speed bumps would deter crime like this.

Others blamed their own behavior:

“As long as we “invite” crime into the neighborhood, these incidents will not only continue, but accelerate. By invite, I’m referring to unlocked car doors, items left in vehicles in plain sight, unkept and vacant properties with places to hide. All these are under our control. I recently read on this app about a car “break-in” only to have the author admit that the car was unlocked. No break in, but a hell of an invitation. Criminals prefer the easiest method of entry, and for those that are either foolish or absent minded, these incidents are your own fault. SkyCop cannot solve this problem. As for the robbery this morning, the world is full of bad people doing bad things, and it’s very fortunate no one was hurt.
“So, what can be done? We’ve hired a security company who can only do so much, and increased the frequency of patrols. We have meetings with local law enforcement, and civic leaders. Yet, crime has increased. Those items mentioned above are a start. Turn on your outdoor lights…all night! The cost per hour of an energy efficient light is only a couple cents an hour. A lot less than a cup of coffee. Landscape lighting is another option, but may not work for everyone. Do not use door to door yard help….you may save in cost initially until he tells his friend, cousin, whoever what nice items you have in your backyard. Question people who seem out of place. I recently questions a gentleman who was riding his bicycle up and down the streets while walking my dog. He would slow and look up driveways, sometimes riding up the driveways. I took his picture with my cell phone, at which time he became very upset, explaining he was looking for work, and had worked for people in this neighborhood for years. I explained I did not know him, and that’s his actions were suspicious, and if he was sincere then having his picture taken was no threat. He rode off mad, and I felt better for asking.
There will always be crime, and we live in a city where one in five families live below the poverty level. Criminals are becoming desperate for many reasons, mostly drugs, but it could be something as simple as putting food in a family’s mouth. Our police are overwhelmed with violent crimes and killings, and theft takes a back seat, as it should. Armed robbery is another thing. Be smart, act smart, and don’t be afraid of questioning something suspicious. Call Phelps, a neighbor, or the police, because if your instincts tell you something is amiss, then it very well might be.
We live in a great neighborhood. Let’s keep it so.
My father in laws car was unlocked… it was also behind a 10ft locked fence at the end of a motion lit driveway. Removing items from your car won’t stop these morons from robbing people at gun point. I’m not sure what will but I’m all in for options to discuss. This has to end. NOW
A lot of research has been done by CGA on this matter. A camera project for the neighborhood is massive. To cover all street entrances/exists and alley entrance/exits, that is 50+ cameras. If you include intersections the number is about double. Neighbors in Central Gardens are not required to join the association; therefore, there isn’t a large participation rate by neighbors. Membership dues would barely cover one camera. The effort to add cameras in our neighborhood likely needs to be handled by the homeowners on each street/block. I have personally met with Justin at EyeOn Technologies and I highly recommend their product. It is superior to SkyCop and the neighbors would own it and have access to the footage.
The best way to avoid being a victim is to have constant situational awareness.”

Others opined:
“This is so sad. Criminals are getting so bold. The problem is that the system essentially spits them back out without any real repercussions, especially if they are minors. The cops can arrest them if found, but not much else will likely be done past that point, nothing that will really make a huge difference anyway. I hope this lady that was attacked starts carrying something……. Even if it’s just pepper spray. And i hope her dog is ok.”

That appears closer to the truth. At least none blamed poor socio-economic conditions.

It’s interesting that no one has faith in politicians to solve the problem. With an election for mayor coming up, how about pressing the issue of crime on the candidates? How much can a neighborhood group do against the avalanche of crime we face?

It would be interesting to know how many of these people vote. Do they vote law and order? Do they believe in the second amendment? In liberal Midtown, I doubt it.

We’re in an ever escalating crime situation and yet continue to elect people who refuse to address the issue, except to pour more money into schools and summer time youth activities, release criminals early, make marijuana legal and ease up on illegal immigrants. Do they really think this will help?

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