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CBS 2 Connects Against Crime: Wellington Resident Near Former Bever Apartments Spot Say They Feel Safer

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:16 PM CDT
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (KGAN/KFXA) -- Wellington Heights residents near 14th Street and Bever Avenue remember this day in May. The Bever Apartments were torn down after years of being a problem spot for police.

"They've been a problem for a while," says Tremell Thomas.  

Fast forward two months the apartments are gone and residents we spoke to say so is the image that stood with it.

"Most of the bad people that were here, I don't know where they went but as long as they are not here I don't care," Thomas said.  

"It's been really pretty quiet, I really haven't seen any action going on," says Doris Courtright.

The area where the Bever Apartments once stood is now a green space and from the looks of it kids are using it as a play area, quite the difference from what police say was being done here before the building was torn down. For Cedar Rapids Police the area was a priority of constant patrol. In the months leading up to the demolition police were called to the area more than 180 times and now roughly two months later that number has dropped dramatically by more than half. However, the resident say they aren't naive and they are aware crime still exist. Meantime, the block is in such a short time has become a place where their children can play safely without fear.

"The kids have been able to be outside and play and enjoy the nice weather," says Courtright.
CBS 2 Connects Against Crime: Wellington Resident Near Former Bever Apartments Spot Say They Feel Safer

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