Man robbed by bicycle-riding suspects
#1 Oct 30, 2007
Why are these people out at 3:40 in the morning anyway? And don't the cops know that anybody they see wondering around that time of night on Coit Street, here in Florence, is either selling crack or looking to buy some? I read earlier that on or about the same day at 11 pm at night, the Florence Police were about 4 blocks away, at Elm and Dargan, doing an undercover prostitution sting. Seems like they should be concentrating more on the drug problem, which is centered mostly around Coit Street and the Colonial Inn Motel, which is right there near the old library and right up from Coit Street. I live in this area, and I cannot even go outside after dark to get something out of my car in my own yard for fear of someone jumping out of the shadows at me and pushing me back in to my apartment and possibly raping and/or killing me. The Police need to clean up the streets in downtown Florence, so that law-abiding citizens can once again go outside their homes into their own yards without fear of someone trespassing on your property or burglarizing your home, or worse yet, attacking you in your own yard, with no one else around to see it or to help you. Please help us, Florence Police Dept., because we can't protect ourselves from these drug addict fools out there.
#2 Nov 8, 2007
You go girl!(Jill, Oct. 30) I lived like a prisoner in my home in Florence for several years. The policemen themsselves know exactly who some of these crack addicts are because they have told me and my husband on more than one occasion. We too felt frustrated and helpless to do or get anything done about crime in Florence. Our sollution; we moved. Isn't it a shame that we pay taxes, work to have a nice home, try to be upstanding citizens only to have to give up everything because the people we trust to protect us won't? How about banning bicycle riding by any adult? Many of my most heart-stopping moments came with a black male in dark clothing riding a bicycle onto my property.
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