PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) - A Prichard resident who lives in a subdivision near Whitley Elementary School said she wants something done to stop the crime in her neighborhood.
She's speaking out and asked FOX10 for help, after she and other neighbors became victims of burglary.
She wrote to us to say thieves stole $1,200 worth of tools out of her shed, four days after buying and storing them.
Her neighbor has been burglarized on multiple occasions; other residents gave up and moved away.
She wanted us to protect her identity, but said someone needs to speak up and get something done.
"It's frustrating. It's frustrating for everybody - not just the people that it's happening to, the whole community," said one concerned resident, who lives in the Heritage Estates subdivision just off Meaher Street.
It's a collection of single-family houses on large lots, dotted with oak trees.
"It's quiet and it's nice and we were looking for a home and this is where we find a nice place to be," said the resident.
This concerned resident has lived here for about two years. She said the Prichard housing authority oversees it.
The housing authority wants to put up fences, install cameras, and add more street lighting but said it lacks the money to do all of that.
The resident said Prichard Police don't patrol the area enough.
We called the housing authority, but never heard back from them. We also went to the Prichard Police department, but never got through.
"It's not to attack the police department, it's not to attack the housing authority - we just want more help out here," said the resident.
Our concerned resident said the housing authority hired a private security firm to patrol the area, but that's limited to day-time hours. When the sun goes down and the lights are low, neighbors our on alert.
"Turning your lights on, peeping out the windows, contact and text one another if anything's going on," said the resident. "We all try to help out and look out for one another, but there's only so much you can do."
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