New Calls To Curb Rising Crime At Memphis Apartments With Violent History

(Memphis) Violence can happen almost anywhere, but some tenants at the Peppertree Apartments in Whitehaven say it happens far too often here.

Police squad cars were back again Wednesday after a three-year-old was shot apparently by a stray bullet.

Patricia Jones lives at the Peppertree Apartments.

“But police are over here a lot and I live up here,” Jones said.

Many tenants were reluctant to talk on camera about a complex some say is besieged with drug sales, robberies, stabbings and drive by shootings.

The apartments are gated and security guards can be seen patrolling the property, but that doesn’t keep out violence.

“We do work here, but we can’t control what goes on inside the house. I’m fine, I got to keep y’all off the property,” unidentified security guard said.

Back in 2006, the owners of the Peppertree Apartments were brought before Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter because of a rash of crime problems.

That same year, the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office filed a public-nusiance complant because police recorded more than 160 violent incidents including two murders and 60 aggravated assaults at the apartments.

So, WREG wanted to know if the Peppertree Apartments could or should be shut down?

City Councilman Harold Collins represents the Whitehaven area and works for the DA’s office. He says it’s a Catch 22 situation.

“As a councilman I’d love to see that thing go away. I also have to recognize that if the D.A.’s office were to shut it down families would have to be moved and I’m certain the City of Memphis has no available emergency housing,” Collins said.

Collins said he’d like to see the management of the Peppertree Apartments join the Memphis Safeway Project. It’s a partnership between management and local police to work together and lead to the prosecution of criminals who commit crimes on apartment properties.

8 comments

  • John Mosby

    Even if the place is gated, police should be allowed access. And what about utilization of video cameras? If a lot of criminal activity is occurring, it seems like law enforcement should be drawn like a magnet, write tickets & citations – garner revenue for the city and clean the place up!

  • grayhawk

    Section 8 an the lowlife thugs that causing trouble knick them out or
    make them pay full rent that how you solve that problem plus change
    pepper-tree manager cause its started there first. Some good people
    want to live in peace without all this mess.

  • mr.matt

    ive worked here many many many times, warren street apts and peppertree should be bulldozed. the way they are setup is a criminals dream. there are actually good people there at both but niether has any hope. if bulldozing isn’t within budget then they gotta get with technology if they want to beat these career criminals. security guards, cameras, guards for the cameras, patrol…

  • Thomas H. Evans

    Like one poster on here suggested they could start at the management office, or perhaps even with the owners due to the fact that some owners/management are only interested in “Heads in the Bed,” regardless how they can achieve this. Section has not, and will not work in any of our communities. The more you try and move people into a better life style the more they move in and bring the new community down. Mr. Collins is unable to correct this problem, he can talk about what needs to be done, but the reality of it is that he has no control, and they are not (the city) willing to apply more pressure to the owners and management of these properties to work directly with the police to assist in cleaning up this problem. Until people really want to live in peace and quiet, nothing will change, ride through this complex any day and see what takes place daily.

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