Danville, VA - Officials in Danville say a plan to improve neighborhood safety is working. The Safe & Sound Neighborhood program started in November, with a concentrated effort to improve an area in North Danville.
More than 100 arrests were made, resulting in even more charges. Many were related to drugs, alcohol, firearms, and gambling. Public works has served notice on nearly 90 inoperable cars. Other agencies have also helped to improve lighting, housing, and safety.
If successful, we're told this concentrated effort will be used in other areas of Danville too.
From the City of Danville: The Safe & Sound Neighborhood program has made a difference in the north central target area of Danville.
Since its inception on Nov. 1, the Police Department's new Street Crimes Unit has made 101 unique arrests, 57 of which were in the Safe & Sound Neighborhood. These arrests resulted in 146 charges, including possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, trespassing, underage alcohol consumption, drinking and drunk in public, driving under the influence, firearm offenses, being fugitive, and gambling. To date, there has been only one formal complaint and one informal complaint.
The Public Works Department's code enforcement group has found and served notice on 87 inoperable vehicles in driveways and private yards, 23 abandoned vehicles in right of ways, and 51 illegal accumulations.
The Utilities Department has canvassed the area to ensure proper street lighting.
Community Development's Housing Division mailed out to 122 rental property owners in the White Rock area information pertaining to project-based Section 8 vouchers. Staff met with landlords explaining the Section 8 program at the Housing Authority's office. Community Development is working on two single-family rehabilitation projects, four emergency repairs, and has eight families on the rehab waiting list in the neighborhood.
The Inspections Division has initiated 81 maintenance code cases in the neighborhood, all but four of which resulted from a walking survey.
Fire Department personnel have worked in the area providing new smoke alarms. The department has received a grant to purchase and install 200 smoke alarms in this area.