NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It's a part of town that has been known as a hotbed of violent crime, but there has been a drop in crime at the James Cayce homes in Nashville.
This time last year, four people had been killed in the James Cayce homes. Yet, hat story is changing: so far this year, no one has been killed there, and crime reports are down -a 30 percent drop in reported crime.
Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) says they fund a $100,000 grant that pays Metro Police overtime to talk with kids and adults on a typical day -- not while responding to crime, something they say may have caused the crime reduction.
It's a relationship that neighbors are noticing.
“It’s very important in today’s society where Facebook and social media is going on, making them look bad, said Amanda Ruegge, a neighbor in the Cayce homes. “So it’s very good for them to be part of the community instead of against us.”
MDHA also attributes the drop in crime to an increase in cameras around the James Cayce homes.