Neighbors Concerned About Safety in Kanawha City

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Dozens of homeowners and community members attended Tuesday night's Kanawha City Community Safety Meeting to voice their concerns about crime in the area.

Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster and other officers led the meeting by answering any questions people had.

Several people shared stories of either being robbed or having their homes broken in to, which makes them think that crime is on the rise in the area. Officers, though, made sure to tell them it's not true.

Webster said many become worried after crimes like the recent robbery and shooting at the Foodland grocery store in Kanawha City.

"When you have a sensational crime like we did at Foodland, that takes everything to a new level," Webster said.

He said crime numbers have not risen in the past few months, and have actually stayed about the same as they usually do.

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