Residents worry about crime at Trezevant schools - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Residents worry about crime at Trezevant schools

Shameter Wicks doesn't like the view from her front stoop.

"Every time I open my door, I see police or the children running," she said.

Wicks lives in the New Haven apartments, right behind Trezevant Middle and High Schools. She often sees kids skipping school, cutting through a rear fence, and bringing their troubles to her parking. She says it happens almost every day.

"I'm hoping and praying that it don't come to my door," she said.

Wicks has reason to worry. In the last 30 days, 8 aggravated assaults, 25 Burglaries, and 22 larcenies were reported to police in her area.

But according to her neighbor, this used to be a safe neighborhood. He asked not to be identified.

"I was 15 when I came here," her neighbor said. "It was beautiful. People could put their keys in the floor board of their cars and leave their doors wide open."

Wicks' neighbor blames the increase crime on bad parenting, while Wicks says the problem is deeper.

"If the school took the time to watch the children when they come to school, they'll know if they're there or not," she said.

Both agree, it will take parents, schools and the community to turn troubles at Trezevant around.

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