Authorities meet with landlords, property managers about handling crime

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) –Jackson Police are on a mission to stop crime in some of the highest volume communities in the city … apartment complexes.

Crime prevention officers say about 60 percent of people in Jackson live in apartment complexes.

And crime happens in those communities like anywhere else.

“So in meetings like this we address all issues.”

Inside precinct three on Northside Drive in Jackson, a judge, court administrator and police officers answered questions from landlords and managers who want to protect their apartment communities.

Venetia Anderson manages several apartments in Jackson and the surrounding area.

“It happens in Richland, in Pearl. it’s not just Jackson,” Anderson said.

She’s right.

We’ve reported on break-ins in Ridgeland and Byram too.

Still, Anderson says better communication between the apartments and police could clear up many problems.

“Sometimes we go to court and you feel like you’ve done everything that you’re supposed to do as far as what they told you to do and you get in there and you find out your judgment was incorrect or you have a constable that takes longer than you think he should to come do a set out. We just want to understand what the processes or so no one is disrespected and everyone is satisfied with the responses,” Anderson said.

Crime Prevention Officer Fredrick Suttles says many of the crimes happening at apartments are crimes of opportunity, like auto burglary.

When someone leaves their belongings in a car, it puts them at risk to have their car broken into and items are stolen.

“Working with the managers has actually helped because we can see a downsize in auto burglaries on apartment complexes,” Officer Suttles said.

Suttles says auto burglaries at apartments are down about 50 percent from this time last year.

Court officials also talked to apartment managers about evictions and answered legal questions.


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