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Residents trying to turn neighborhood around say police 'aren't doing enough'

Almost every day Lois Bruce volunteers at the gardens in Binghamton. Almost every day Lois Bruce volunteers at the gardens in Binghamton.
Bruce says police are not doing enough. Bruce says police are not doing enough.
Anyone who lives on Carpenter Street knows about the community garden and the Carpenter Garden, both places for kids to learn and play after school. Anyone who lives on Carpenter Street knows about the community garden and the Carpenter Garden, both places for kids to learn and play after school.

(WMC-TV) - Some Binghampton residents claim their efforts to take back their neighborhood are being ruined by crime down the street.

Anyone who lives on Carpenter Street knows about the community garden and the Carpenter Garden, both places for kids to learn and play after school. But when the sun goes down, they say the neighborhood turns.

Almost every day Lois Bruce volunteers at the gardens in Binghamton. She says homes and apartments on Mimosa Avenue are trouble, especially after dark.

"There's too many cars, jamming up the streets, too late at night, all times of night ... And they jamming up the street with cars and people coming out and in, and out and in," she said.

All that activity, she says, comes from drug dealers, gangs, and gun violence. She says police are not doing enough.

"You're not comfortable sitting on your own front porch at night," she said.

The Action News 5 Investigators found dozens of assaults, break-ins, and arrest in the area over the course of two weeks, according to crime statistics.

"It's just dangerous, that's just all there is too it," said Bruce.

Bruce says police are not doing enough to fix the problem, but District 5 Representative Jim Strickland says crime citywide is down 26 percent.

Although that is not the perception.

"We all have to do our part, because it's not just one single thing. We all have to work together," he said.

His solutions: delegate more officers to the area through operation Blue Crush, put pressure on lawmakers in Nashville for tougher sentences, and work with nonprofits and programs to give kids an outlet.

In the meantime, police say they patrol certain areas in the neighborhood and are aware of the crime problems. They still rely heavily on neighbors to be their eyes and ears to report any crimes.

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