CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston police spent Tuesday night hanging out with residents to give them a better sense of security following several shootings this summer.
Officers went to Charleston's housing projects where people listened to music, grilled food and had ice cream. It was part of the National Night Out Against Crime, created 29 years ago by the National Association of Town Watch to deter criminal activity and raise awareness about neighborhood watch programs.
Most of the people interviewed by a reporter expressed a need to feel safe in Charleston no matter what part of town they were in. They said events like the one Tuesday night show people that police care about them.
However, several people said their sense of security depends on whether they were on the East End or the West Side of Charleston.
"I'm on the hill and there are certain lines I wouldn't cross," said Sara Hughes, who lives along Edgewood Drive on the West Side.
Hughes attended the event at the Baptist Temple on Morris Street on the East End. She feels safer on the East End but wouldn't go out by herself at night, she said. She doesn't go past Park Avenue on the West Side because of concerns about her safety, she said.
Terka Gray said she's lived at Orchard Manor on the West Side all her life and has never run into any problems.
"It's not about where you are, it's about the people you associate with," Gray said.
Gray said it's not fair that the West Side gets a bad rap while homes in South Hills and in the Corridor G area do not.