Downtowners concerned about Beale Street crime - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Downtowners concerned about Beale Street crime

His stage name is Joe Boogie, a regular performer on Beale Street for 10 years. Lately, he's really been singing the blues.

Boogie says, "My car along with several other musicians were vandalized, windows broken out, and stuff taken out of it."

He says it was his first run in with crime on Beale and has him thinking.

"I get a little nervous walking to my car every night," continues Boogie.

Boogie believes recent crime on and around Beale is directly related to the recent closure of the police substation once located near third avenue along with the museum.

Boogie replies, "It let's you know they were here and things seem to run a lot smoother."

While Memphis police no longer have a physical presence on Beale, they say there are still uniformed officers, bike patrols, and squad cars that routinely patrol.

Local businessman Elliott Schwab says, "I feel just as comfortable here now as I did when they were over there."

The substation was right next door to Schwab's Beale street business.

"If I needed them, they would get over here quickly and all that," says Schwab.

Schwab wishes police still had a constant presence next door but does not believe the substations closing has affected crime. Meantime, Joe Boogie hopes he's right but so far...

"This is all about the blues," says Boogie.

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