Dayton business owners fed up with crime

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Dayton business owners fed up with crime

Postby M-Quigley » Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:18 pm ... XGXTgYaVN/

DAYTON — A few business owners have joined a growing chorus of voices that are calling for a greater police presence and more patrols along Dayton’s Main Street corridor.

Since arriving in Dayton, I’ve had to learn to how to use a gun — I have to carry one with me at all times,” said Milad Wahed, a Virginia transplant who is working to renovate 54 apartments on Ryburn Ave.

Wahed is working to renovate the three vacant apartment buildings on the 300 block of Ryburn Ave.

Wahed said progress on the project has been slowed because of problems with drug users and others breaking in and trying to steal materials.

Wahed said he lives in a trailer on the site because he cannot risk leaving and giving criminals an opportunity to break in.

He said the policing level is unacceptable and that section of the city has been neglected.

He said it took police more than 70 minutes to show up after he reported a break in.

They've improved since the eighties. Dayton PD once took 90 minutes to respond to a possible store robbery, where the license plate of the criminals was called in and no action was taken on the plates by the dispatcher until the police showed up and asked dispatch to run the plates, which came back stolen. They were gone by that time, only because someone inside the restaurant pulled out a large handgun, and they took off. :roll: The two men in the car matched the description of two men who were committing a string of armed robberies of businesses at that time.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said she lives not far from Ryburn and Main Hardware.

She said she understands their frustration but the drug market has moved away from residences and now take place in parking lots and commercial areas, which makes it harder to nab criminals.

The city is employing a multi-prong strategy to combat crime and traffic problems in the North Main Street area, which includes a place-based approach that seeks to disrupt crime networks, city officials said.

A group that includes staff from multiple city departments have been meeting to discuss crime and quality of life issues on North Main Street and what can be done to combat them, said Dayton City Commissioner Matt Joseph.

“We are not ignoring it, we’re feeling it, and hopefully we’ll see some fruit being borne here,” he said.
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