Saratoga Apartment Complex Safety Issues

By WBNG News

December 28, 2010 Updated Dec 28, 2010 at 7:49 PM EDT

Three shootings have taken place at the Saratoga Apartment Complex since October.

The Binghamton Housing Authority has taken steps to improve safety.

Action News reporter Lindsay Nielsen tells us the recent crimes still have people living there worried.

The most recent shooting at Saratoga Apartment complex occurred Christmas morning.

Police arrested 21-year-old Alan Sherman, a resident of the complex.

He's accused of shooting another man during an argument in the parking lot.

The Binghamton Housing Authority has been stepping up safety measures.

"We have cameras, we have surveillance, we do have the lights and those are all operational," says Executive Director of the Binghamton Housing Authority, David Tanenhaus.

Tanenhaus notes residents have not shown much interest in a neighborhood watch program.

But he does not think that lack of support is because they're intimidated.

Some residents were afraid to talk to Action News on camera today, but one says she's scared and after the shootings wants to move out.

"And I did come from housing also in New York City so I went through being afraid for my kids there. Moved up here, I felt safe, now it's turning back to like living in the city and I just want to go. I want to move," says a resident who wanted to remain anonymous.

Other residents who declined to speak on camera say they fear speaking up could bring harm to them.

"I don't know who's doing the crimes and I don't know what's happening and I don't know how they're getting in or out so I can't blame the police, I can't blame housing, I don't know who to blame I just don't feel safe here period," says the anonymous resident.

The other shootings involved an argument outside of building 13.

Also, a domestic violence incident outside of building 15.

A woman visiting the complex was shot 6 times by her husband.

"Well I would love to see more patrol myself. There is an issue with cost, there's an issue in the city about how much funds they have," says Tanenhaus.

After doing his own research and talking with police, Tanenhaus does not believe the incidents are a trend.

He believes it's more of a coincidence that the shootings happened so close together.

In Binghamton, Lindsay Nielsen WBNG TV Action News.

Tanenhaus says anyone with information about crime at Saratoga or who has an emergency situation can call a 24 hour answering service at 723-9491.

The Housing Authority also offers programs to keep kids out of trouble by offering a computer lab, a gymnasium, and other after school activities.

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