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Peekskill Police Pledge More Patrols At Dunbar Heights

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. ? Peekskill Police are investigating two shootings in the Dunbar Heights Housing project in the last week and said they will step up patrols.

The first incident occurred at approximately 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26, and a suspect has been identified and is being sought by police. The second incident occurred at approximately 12:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28. Neither incident resulted in injury or property damage, according to police.

Peekskill Police Spokesperson Lt. Eric Johansen said the force would be increasing its presence in the Highland Avenue public housing complex.

“We will be increasing vehicle, foot and plain-clothes (undercover) patrols there,” Johansen said.

Increased patrols are greatly needed in the development, said Dunbar Heights resident Sandy Allen. Allen is among residents who have joined a new tenant association to deal with problems in the city housing developments. The meetings are held on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and alternate in location between Bohlmann Towers and Dunbar Heights, where next week’s meeting will be held.

“The kids on my block, the parents won’t even let the kids out the front door,” said Allen, who has complained about crime in the complex at several recent Peekskill Common Council meetings.

Several of the security cameras in her development have been damaged in recent weeks by vandals and have not been repaired, Allen said.

“About two weeks ago on a Saturday at 1:30 a.m., a couple of guys took a sledge hammer to the base of the cameras where the wires go,” Allen said. “They can’t still be working.”

Johansen said that city security cameras are a popular target for vandalism but said he was unaware of any recent camera destruction.

“We do have cameras there and we are reviewing them,” he said.

Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to contact the Peekskill Police at (914) 737-8000. Callers may remain anonymous if they wish.

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