Fights, stabbings and frequent gunfire sound like a description of the Old West.
This is a sad reality for the law abiding residents of Town Creek Square Apartments in West Point. So much so that West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley is treating the small complex’s violence problems as an issue of public safety.
“We recognize that we have a public safety issue with Town Creek Apartments,” Brinkley said on Friday, just after talking to the apartment’s management “We have strived to work with the complex managers to make that apartment complex a safer environment for the residents.”
There are violent acts committed on other streets and at other apartments in the city, but none of them have the volume of incidents that Town Creek reports.
“Over the past several months we have responded to an unusually high volume of calls in reference to shots being fired, and in almost every instance, the residents are reluctant to reveal the identities of the shooters,” Brinkley said.
Brinkley says that his department set up surveillance a while back to come up with a plan to combat the problems. Management at the apartment was also supposed to address the issues with the tenants.
“I recently talked with the apartment manager who assured me that guidelines are being drafted for tenant behavior which will hopefully make the complex safer,” Brinkley said.
Brinkley believes that much of the violence is being committed by non-residents who arrive, cause a disturbance and then flee before officers can arrive.
He says that citizen help is needed in preserving order at the complex.
“Over the last several weeks, we have discussed as a department how we can be more effective at Town Creek, but without the help of the residents, it’s a tough situation,” Brinkley said.