Crime, safety in question at Town & Country Apartments

By Julianne Peixoto

July 14, 2014 Updated Jul 14, 2014 at 11:39 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Residents of Town & Country Apartments met with owners Monday night to discuss safety measures across the complex.

After a July 4 shooting left a local teen dead, the apartment complex has found itself at the center of controversy.

According to the city, Binghamton police have responded to more than 1,500 calls since 2008.

There were 319 calls last year alone, meaning officers were at the complex nearly every day.

"For them to say we’ve had 1,588 police violations, that’s preposterous not even true," said Town and Country owner Jesse Bailey.

"The police department told me today that if people play the music too loud, if six people call that’s six different complaints," said Bailey. "You could (say), 'Oh, my God,' I can’t even imagine how many you could get."

Bailey said they will be installing high tech security lighting and motion sensors across the complex, and they also have off-duty Binghamton officers patrol the complex between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m.

Some residents said this isn't enough.

"We need 24-hour security here, it’s a huge complex," said resident Patricia Smith. "We can’t keep calling police each time -- we need to have security."

But not every resident is concerned.

"No, I’m not afraid. Why would I be afraid?" asked resident Gloria Marshall.

Marshall has lived in the complex for 38 years.

"People are coming on to the complex and causing problems because people have the idea that Country Town is a project," said Marshall. "It is not, it’s a private owned property."

But some residents have had enough of the crime.

"I've been here 20 something years and we're making preparations to get out because it's getting a little too dangerous here," said resident Charles Wilson.

He's not the only person moving out.

"I’m glad to leave," said Donnie Carter. "I think they need to get some more responsible people to oversee who they’re putting in here."

Mayor Rich David and Bailey have yet to meet.

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