Crime Tracker: Raleigh crime appears on rise

Raleigh's crime has taken its toll on the Jerry family: "In the last 3 years I've had two cars taken from me, a '77 Monte Carlo and a '77 truck, I had my purse taken, my credit card was taken. I'm still not recovered from the credit card a year ago. Now I'm constantly trying to find a ride," said Raleigh resident Betty Jerry.

"So now we're having to share the one vehicle. So I've got to leave my job early, pick her up and go back to the job if I can. So it's really made it hard," said George Jerry. A store clerk was shot and killed at a Mapco on New Allen, two people were killed in gang crossfire on Longmont, then there was this scene Friday afternoon outside the Raleigh Community Center. Police say 18-year-old Derius Mann was shot in the head. He was able to give police a description of the gunman before he died at the Med.

"I remember when I first came on, it was mostly homeowners but now it's a lot of rental property," said MPD Lt. Richard Granderson. Lt. Richard Granderson patrolled Raleigh when he started his career in the late '70s.

Granderson says he's seen a pattern of crime progressively move through North Memphis, then Frayser and now Raleigh. He says community groups, churches and police need to reunite in Raleigh. "Communication between the police department and the people in the neighborhood, you've got to have that. If there's no communication, a lot of things go unsaid, a lot of things go undone," said Granderson. Just ask the Jerry family.

"It's just like everybody's come in and they don't care to associate with each other. You go over and meet 'em and wave at 'em and there's a 50-50 chance they may wave back. That's how much it's really changed," said Betty Jerry.

The Jerrys say they feel there could be stronger bonds between police and neighbors in Raleigh. All Memphis precincts lost Neighborhood Watch liaison officers in the city's budget cuts this year. While such an officer could not have prevented last week's violence, the Jerrys say better communication between Raleigh citizens and police could help reduce other forms of crime that have them looking to move.