Top 19 apartments for crime called police nearly 1,000 times over 90-day period

Top 19 high crime apartments
Published: Jul. 17, 2017 at 4:21 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 17, 2017 at 8:10 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Police Department responded to nearly 1,000 calls at 19 apartment complexes over a 90 day period.

The department compiled the list of apartment complexes for activists and confirmed the list for WMC Action News 5. The crime numbers span February 6 to May 7.

New Horizon Apartments on Kingsgate Drive topped the list with 141 calls. The next closest apartment complex on the list (Hillview Village Apartments) had police respond 71 times in the same period.

Vivian Miller lives at New Horizon Apartments in Whitehaven. She was concerned to learn MPD ranked her apartment complex as the worst in the city for crime.

"Yes it breaks my heart to hear about any crime going on anywhere, especially where I live," Miller said. "I want it to be safe where I lay my head."

New Horizon was the same complex where a 3-year-old boy was shot and killed weeks ago. His father was charged in the crime.

In 2011, Shelby County District Attorney's Office served a temporary injunction against the apartment complex after 875 incidents during a 4-month period. Those incidents included gang and drug activity as well as a 1-year-old boy being shot.

Keisha Carr now manages the apartment complex. When asked if there was a crime problem at New Horizon Apartments, she agreed.

"Jerry Askin: But you all do have a crime problem here? You would agree with that right?
Carr: I think there are crime problems in the world.
Askin: But here?
Carr:I do believe there are issues."

Carr said the larger the property, the more crime you'll see. She said she has 3,000 residents living at New Horizon.

She said crime has decreased since she took over the property 5 years ago. She credits the many domestic violence and crime reduction programs in place in Memphis.

"A lot of those calls are us calling to have someone transported and generally it's a domestic violence call," Carr said.

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