Numbers Show Northcott No Longer a Crime Hot Spot

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Aleasha Jeffers is still trying to wrap her head around the shooting that happened just feet outside her home at the Northcott Housing Complex.

There are bullet holes in her front door and in her upstairs window.

She's lived in the Northcott Complex for about a year and says in her time there she has felt safe. It is likely a result of a concentrated effort targeting crime in the Fairfield area of Huntington by police.

"We certainly had a focus on Fairfield, because that was the area of need," explained Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook.

The specific effort was over a three-year-period.

"If you just look at the Northcott Housing Complex there was zero violent crime reported the last two years," Holbrook said, "This year we've had two violent crimes reported, which is still a very low number, and we've had zero drug offenses reported."

It's been a partnership with police and the community working towards a common goal.

"You don't arrest your way out of any problem," Holbrook said. "We've got to be consistent, firm, fair and responsible in everything we do and the community being a part of that is paramount."

It's the model they are now taking to Huntington's West End. It's called the River to Rail Project.

"That is our true hotspot," the Chief explained.

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