Residents say they’re fed up with crime in Donelson neighborhood

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DONELSON, Tenn. (WKRN) – Residents in one Donelson neighborhood say they are fed up after a rash of crimes.

DeAnna Gibbs has lived on Lakeford Drive since December. Her cousin and two young children are moving in with her, and she told News 2 she has growing concerns about criminal activity on her street.

“I do see a lot of police activity up and down this street,” said Gibbs.

DeAnna Gibbs (Photo: WKRN)

While Gibbs was talking to News 2 about her concerns, Metro police officers showed up to the neighborhood. They said they were serving warrants to some of her neighbors.

“It’s pretty much an everyday occurrence on the street. Sadly it’s the police or the sheriffs,” said Gibbs.

Just a couple houses away, another woman was filling out a police report. She told News 2 someone tried to break into her car. They tried to force open the sun roof on her vehicle.

“I just got this car back from the shop,” said neighbor Haydee Tophliff.

Neighbors who live on the street told News 2 they are fed up with crime and looking forward to Tuesday night’s National Night Out event to meet local police and learn how to take action.

The National Night out event for their community will be held at Remington College Nashville Campus. There will be safety, educational and fun activities for families from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

As a parent, the thought of your child going missing is a true nightmare, but at the Night Out event in Donelson, there’s an opportunity for parents in case that worst-case scenario ever happens.

You can bring your child to have them fingerprinted, and there are also officials who can take dental impressions.

“Parents can bring their children in get the dental records, get the fingerprints, and have that packet of information available for any reason they need to identify their child for help with the search of a child they don’t have to go searching for it they have it all in one place,” said organizer James Saulsbury.

Both are important resources for parents to give police in an emergency.

“I think in today’s society, it’s a high risk of being abducted. I want to have some type of map or some type of trail in case there’s a situation where they get abducted or something like that, so it’s very important,” said father Howard Chapman.

Law enforcement also come out to remind people they’re still people, and their goal is to help.

“I think there is a lot of negative stereotypes, and I want them to know we are people just like everybody else. We have a job to do; it’s no different than firemen or doctors or anybody else,” said Lt. Philip Shipley.