Police hear from Union Hill residents fed up with crime

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Police made house calls to a neighborhood that's so fed up with crime, that it turned to Twitter for help.

Richmond's top brass went door-to-door in Union Hill, the same community where people just started tweeting crime tips to police.

The deputy chief says they do get the tweets and they are aware of the @UnionHillRVA Twitter feed. But this night was a way for officers to talk with people one on one.

For one woman, it was a chance for her to tell them what happens right outside her front door. Ruby Carr would like more police on her street corner, instead of what's normally there.

"As soon as you leave, they're bold enough to come back," said Carr.

She said drug dealers push all hours of the day.

"I tell them I'm going to call police," said Carr.

Jennie Kronenthal said the same thing happens on her street.

"It's just brazen drug dealing (that) never really seems to go away," said Kronenthal.

Richmond Police Chief Bryan Norwood and the First Precinct command walked those Union Hill streets. They met at O and 24th Streets.

"We do get the tweets so we are very well aware of what's going on as far as the tweets are concerned," said Deputy Chief Eric English.

Top complaints in April: blaring burglar alarms and suspicious people. Deputy Chief English said thefts from cars is also a problem.

"If it's an ongoing problem we're going to try to see if we can eradicate those problems in the community," said Deputy Chief English.

Ruby Carr believes a drug enforcement sign could do some good near her home.

She's not about to give up the fight.

"I've been here for over 11 years...they ain't going to run me off this property," said Carr.

People who live in Union Hill were given names and numbers for sector lieutenants, and say that they'll take the information they gathered and come up with a plan of action.

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