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July 23, 2014

Keep asking city for help

Belleville has occupancy codes, police patrols, neighborhood organizations and a crime-free housing program, but it still has trouble hot spots like 7701 W. Main St.

The apartment complex at that address was the site of a bold shooting in the middle of the day on Monday -- 10 to 15 shots fired into a car with people inside. It was just good fortune that no one was killed or seriously injured.

Neighbors say this apartment building has been a problem for years. and they regularly report it to city government. But even with all the tools at the city's disposal, the city failed to prevent the shooting on Monday.

We suspect that the city will get this address cleaned up now, but it shouldn't take a shooting to get the city to crack down on situations like this.

Failures to get permanent action are frustrating for law-abiding residents, but it's important they not throw up their hands and give up, in this situation or others. Calling 9-1-1 is still the best way to demand action and hold city leaders accountable.

One neighbor has the right idea: "I'm going to keep calling the police as many times as it takes."

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