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Apartment Complex Enlists Help From Police

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Residents at one Iowa City apartment complex are saying enough is enough, especially after several violent incidents rocked their neighborhood earlier this year. Now the complex is taking action, as they try to keep each other safe.

JoAnn Hansel has been living at Pheasant Ridge since 2008. Nearly six years later, she's reached her boiling point.

I don't want my kids being around it all the time, Hansel says. I'm tired of it.

From fights, loud music, to domestic disagreementsbut it doesn't stop there.

Young people not knowing how to handle themselves, being immature, says Hansel. Instead of fighting with their fists using guns, you know.

A  March shooting, which left 18 year old Denisha Davis paralyzed, and an April shots fired, call seem to support that argument.

Now, the apartment complex says theyre being proactive.

We have contracted with the Iowa City Police department for approximately 21 hours a week to come out and do extra security patrol on the property, Hansel says.

Police will patrol 3 to 4 days a week, for a few hours a day. Pheasant Ridge says they will pay for the overtime officer - about 64 dollars an hour.

We're trying to keep the issues from growing and becoming greater than what they already are, Finley says.

Finley says they already have private security, but with 248 units and 18 acres of property, its tough to watch it all. Not to mention many of the issues, he says, are created externally.

The majority of the issues are coming from people that don't live here, Finley says. They're coming into the property.

He says he hopes the increased presence will help deter crime. Hansel does as well, but time is a luxury she can no longer afford. So she's moving out, partially because she wants a change of scenery, and partially because she doesn't want her three little ones growing up in fear.

Just hearing all the bull crap going on...tired of it. Time to move on.

Finley says the patrols will run through the summer and beyond. They are also stepping up foot patrol as well.
 
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