(KMOV.com) – Leaders in the Bevo neighborhood said police have told them a substation will be set up in their neighborhood.
A member of the Bosnian Chamber Commerce told News 4 the substation will be set up on the second floor of the chamber’s building.
“To be honest with you, people are afraid to come down here at night,” said Sadki Kukic with the Bosnian Chamber of Commerce.
The move to open a police substation comes after a recent wave of violent crime in the neighborhood. Jan. 12, a bar and pinball club were the scene of a shooting, and two were shot in Itaska Monday. The recent crime comes only a month and half after a Bosnian man was beaten to death with hammers.
A local leader said residents are taking an extra step to ensure the substation is a reality.
“The Bosnians are covering all the costs, stepping up to the plate. They want a better neighborhood to protect all of us. Just the presence of police on the streets will make everybody feel better,” said Dave Tallent with Better Bevo Now Neighborhood Watch.
Some believe such a move is overdue.
“I think they dragged their feet a little bit. We could’ve had one opened here years back,” said resident Reta Crawford.