Police say Impact Zone in Lockport is paying off
The City of Lockport has increased its police presence in a specific part of the city where there's been a high concentration of crime. Police say in less than a month, it's already paying dividends.
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LOCKPORT, N.Y. — It was an interesting Christmas night for Lockport resident Virginia Stanley.
"All of a sudden there was a puff of smoke, a loud bang and holes around my house."
It was stray bullets from a nearby shooting.
"I'm not nervous of the area because I grew up in this area. I was born and raised right here in Lockport."
But several high profile shootings and drug arrests in the last several months had Lockport Police nervous enough to start an impact zone in the neighborhoods around Stanley's house. Police have made 37 arrests in the area since January 17th.
"We're already starting to see that movement where they're starting to try to get away from us and go to the edge of the zone and we're hoping to keep moving them right out of the city," said Chief Larry Eggert of the Lockport Police Department.
But some residents are afraid the bad guys won't be the only ones who are scared away.
"We're trying to show them that it's not the good people that we're targeting. We want their families and friends to visit them because that's the good people we want there," Eggert said.
"I think you would think twice about renting in this neighborhood when you saw it," said Phyllis Green, resident.
But the police chief says most residents seem to be on board.
"Just in two months ahead, you're going to see just the fact that we're there is good enough," said Eggert.
"I've seen a lot of results coming from just my area. We've just called the police department and they've been very good with us," Stanley said.
The chief says a lot of the criminals around here are coming in from the outlying cities: Buffalo, Rochester, and Niagara Falls. He says they can sell drugs for more money here than in the bigger cities because of supply and demand.