People attending a recent community policing meeting in Truro shared their concerns about weapons, drugs and dilapidated buildings.
Some of those concerns were voiced by people in the east end of town.
Two convenience store robberies occurred in that area within the past three months. Police also recently seized numerous prohibited weapons from an east end home, including six tasers, 14 switchblades and a loaded .32-caliber handgun, along with more than 80 hydromorphone pills, additional prescription medication, 192 grams of marijuana and several hundred dollars in cash.
However, it is important to remember those types of crime can occur anywhere.
During the meeting numerous people referred to the east end as âmore troublesome,â a fact Truro Police Serviceâs Chief Dave MacNeil clearly disputes saying, âthe east end is no worse than others.â
It is worthy to note that within the first three months of 2014 there were several robberies reported in other parts of town.
The fact that police recently seized such a great quantity of contraband from the east end demonstrates they are taking public safety seriously and acting in their interest.
Also of note is that less than a year ago the province announced $400,000 in funding would be made available to east end residents for landscaping and exterior upgrades under a newly created pilot program Neighbourhood Improvement Program.
In recent months noticeable change for the better is happening in that area. Truro developer Ron Meech has constructed multi-use rental and rent-to-own units on the site, with plans to add more housing there over time.
Change takes time. It takes people, resources and funds. It also takes desire and a can-do attitude to engage others in planning and implementing change.
We see this public meeting as one of the first steps to effecting change in the community as a whole.
It is important for people to be willing to share concerns with officials so they can set priorities and work with other community organizations, individuals and government to make this area safe and desirable to encourage newcomers.
Police have opened the lines of communication for feedback and we encourage others to share their thoughts in an effort to improve the community for everyone.