Crime a concern for off-campus students near NC A&T

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Following the tragic shooting death of an N.C. A&T student and football player, students are speaking out about crime in the area around the university. 

LaTosha Andrews has learned about the crime levels the hard way by living near North Carolina A&T State University.

“I always hear gun shots and that’s just ridiculous,” said Andrews, a senior at N.C. A&T. “I mean even my neighbors — I just look outside and they’re just shooting. That’s not a place I would ever recommend moving to.”

Andrews lives in the 400 block of Stedmen Street just east of campus. She was walking back from campus when she saw the police investigation into the shooting death of Darnell Clark come to her front door Tuesday night.

“I wondered, ‘Did anything happen near my house?’ Well, it didn’t but this strip right here there’s just too much activity going on,” said Andrews.

FOX8 checked the crime statistics for the one mile radius surrounding Andrews’ home. In the last six months, 535 crimes were reported. Those crimes were mostly drug crimes and break-ins. We also counted more than 10 assaults.

Andrews and her boyfriend, Desmond Evans, believe the school should do more to help reduce the amount of crime they see so close to campus, even if the area is technically off campus. They suggest simply having one campus police car stationed in a nearby parking lot to act as a visual deterrent.

Evans thinks one single car could help reduce the number of fights that don’t get reported to police that also make the area feel unsafe.

“It doesn’t always make the news,” said Evans. “You don’t always hear about stories like this.”

Greensboro City Councilman Jamal Fox said he’s willing to listen to community concerns.

In a statement released by the city offering condolences to the Clark family and N.C. A&T community, Fox stated it’s important to allow those living near the campus to offer their ideas to improve safety.

“Greensboro residents have a right to be safe at home, at school and in their neighborhoods,” said Fox. “As a city, we are working hard to create environments that support the development of healthy, thriving, and productive residents and to foster a strong and engaged community.”

10 comments

  • Patty Martin

    If these athletes are allowed to live off campus and they receive scholarship, then The university needs to get control of the surroundings! They are paying for the kids to live there$

  • Nathan

    East of A&T has always been ghetto. It was when I was a kid, it was when I went to A&T, it still is today. Nothing has changed any more dramatically there than it has everywhere.
    Get over yourselves!

  • Diane Purcell

    It’s very sad that this happened…BUT, there is a shooting, robbery, or some other form of crime in Greensboro weekly! This just got the sentimental and sad attention due to who he was. As sad as this is, it’s time to make his name count but getting REAL POLICE ACTION in Greensboro! It’s sickening what this city has become! Constant reports of crime isn’t enough apparently? We have to wait until this young man dies before people stand up and holler for more police presence? What about the person who died over a cell phone robbery just a few days ago? Where is the outrage over that??

    • Tenacious EJ

      Do the homework. The cops do their jobs. They do it over and over and over. Unfortunately, the failures here take place in the courthouse. Thieves, robbers, drug dealers, and gang members are given break after break- their charges are reduced or dropped, and they serve little to no jail time. The overwhelming number of dangerous criminals arrested are not first-timers, but have been given chance after chance. They prey on young, naive college students with too much money and expensive possessions, living in large communities of other young kids just like them- easy pickin’s. These kids hate the police, and snub their noses at them at every chance. But even still, the cops do their best, and still it’s not enough to overcome the failures of a forgiving and disfunctional courts system.

  • Duh huh.

    Make your minds up. You want police but then think the police over profile & so don’t want the police. Plus you have Eric Holder wanting to investigate the police for why more African Americans are arrested?! African Americans need to realize you can’t have it both ways. It’s getting so old. You know what & who the problems are but then get all protective/defensive over the truth….African American youth are out of control for the most part. It’s time to call a spade a spade & do something about it. Stop blaming everyone else and take account for your problemed neighborhoods.

    • Jommie

      This is the best comment I have ever read on WGHP’s site. So well written. This is the truth and the ONLY truth.

  • James

    A&T is a good school. That being said…… They’re in the butthole of greensboro. I hate it but It’s true. Everybody knows it.

  • James

    I’ll even say this. I wouldn’t let me kids go there for a free ride. And I’m so sorry for the family of that young man.

  • Patty

    It all goes back to the lack of “home training” and the “entitlement mentality” of many people. Generations deep!

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