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Businesses Seek More Police Patrols

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The Rev. Philip Breen, pastor of St. Ann Catholic Church The Rev. Philip Breen, pastor of St. Ann Catholic Church
Along Charlotte Avenue Along Charlotte Avenue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Businesses in a west Nashville neighborhood are asking police for more patrols to keep them safe.

They live on Charlotte Avenue where they believe crime is up.

Residents met with police to talk about what they can do to make their neighborhoods safe.

"Awareness; that's what Metro police mentioned to me," said the Rev. Philip Breen, pastor of St. Ann Catholic Church in West Nashville.

He said it was some of the best advice he's ever gotten.

Breen and other citizens on Charlotte Avenue said they're more aware of their surroundings, and they can't help but notice more crime in their neighborhood.

"Our Sunday collection was stolen out of the safe itself and the cut was very professional and the entire collection was stolen from us," Breen said.

The burglary was a couple of weeks ago, but there have been others.

Police said there have been ten commercial burglaries this month.

Breen and other people who work and live on Charlotte Avenue said they've also seen an increase in other crimes such as vandalism, prostitution and drug use, so they called a meeting with police.

"We have shady characters coming up in our parking lot every day," said one woman.

"You know, I'm scared for my employees," said Fred Koller, who owns a bookstore on Charlotte Avenue.

He said drug dealers are a problem.

"As I'm leaving they all start pulling in and I drive back on a Sunday or later in the evening and there's a lot of activity," he said.

When asked if he called police, Koller said, "Yes, I call police."

West Precinct Commander Mickey Miller listened to their concerns. 

Miller emphasized calling police even if something just looks suspicious.

"Every afternoon you can see something. Always call us," he said.

Police also agreed to do a better job of communicating with people, but they expect the same in return.

Breen said that's not a problem.

"We're just going to have to step up to the plate and be very responsible citizens in this area," he said.

Residents in the Charlotte Avenue area said they'd like to see more police patrols.

Breen said it may be time for Nashvillians to spend some money and put more police officers on the street.

To help residents fight crime near Charlotte Avenue, a crime prevention program has been scheduled for next week.

A nonprofit group called Neighborhoods Resource Center is hosting the training. The program begins at 6 p.m. for Thursday at the Cohn Adult High School,  which is behind the Richland Park library.

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