Apartment complex hoping increased police presence will help end - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Apartment complex hoping increased police presence will help end gunfire

Posted: Updated:
IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Jeremiah Lowe likes to play outside, but after three incidents of gun violence in their apartment complex this year, his family is afraid to let him.

"I used to but just, lately, you just never know what's going to happen out here," said  Deionja Lowe, who lives in Iowa City. "They fight, they shoot. All kinds of stuff happens here."

A manager at the Pheasant Ridge Apartments says crime has increased since he started working there 21 years ago, and the gunshots are alarming.

"I think I feel the same as anyone else. I'm not comfortable with it," said Steve Finley, Manager. "I think that you have to deal with it head on and that's what we're doing."

The complex has a security team and recently reached out to the Iowa City Police Department, asking them to do more patrols of the area.

"There's more of a police presence," said Finley. "That police presence is deterring some of the people that are causing the issues from coming to the property."

Still -- many people at the complex live in fear and the Lowes plan to keep a close eye on the youngest members of the family whenever they're outside.

"You just never know what's going to happen," said Lowe.

There's 600 to 700 people living at the apartment complex -- that's the size of a small town. The managers do national background checks on all potential tenants.



  • NEWSNEWSMore>>

  • Holder: 'Change is coming' after police shooting

    Holder: 'Change is coming' after police shooting

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:33 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:33:39 GMT
    Police and protesters in Ferguson were finally able to share the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke.More >>
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is meeting with college students as part of his trip to Missouri stemming from a white police officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old.More >>
  • Obama: US won't stop confronting Islamic State

    Obama: US won't stop confronting Islamic State

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:24 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:24:41 GMT
    Militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley and are threatening to kill another hostage in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq.More >>
    The United States stood firm Wednesday in its fight against Islamic State militants who beheaded a U.S. journalist in Iraq, pledging to continue attacking the group despite its threats to kill another American hostage....More >>
  • Former UNI Panther Ali Farokhmanesh headed to Nebraska

    Former UNI Panther Ali Farokhmanesh headed to Nebraska

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:21 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:21:44 GMT
    Former UNI Panther basketball player Ali Farokhmanesh is headed back to the Midwest, but this time in red.More >>
    Former UNI Panther basketball player Ali Farokhmanesh is headed back to the Midwest, but this time in red.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KWWL. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Sandy Youngblut at 319-291-1259. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.