Some Fan residents not concerned about crime

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – A spike in temperatures has brought a spike in crime in Richmond's Fan neighborhood. Most recently, 2 women were robbed at gunpoint on Main Street, but still residents aren't concerned about crime in the area.

"I think this neighborhood is pretty safe," said Fan resident, John Hamilton. "I don't really think it's a problem."

"I've always felt this neighborhood was pretty safe in general. I think it gets a bad rep," said Brian Crowley.

These residents were all aware of the recent incident that happened on the very block we spoke with them Wednesday night. And in the past ten days there have been 6 street robberies in The Fan. They happened on Park, Monument, Floyd, Main and even Broad Streets. But these crimes didn't seem to bother the people who call these streets home.

"I think it's more of a perception," said Crowley. "I think it gets more press than other places. If you go into the suburbs if you go into the city it's going to be about the same every."

Crowley has lived in The Fan for 10 years and had his car broken into once. He had this advice for people who live nearby and might be concerned about their safety.

"Keep an eye out to where you're going. Make sure you're not going into a bad area. Just be aware of your surroundings really," said Crowley.

In most cases the victims were not hurt. The suspects usually got away with personal belongings.

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