Security cameras, lights go up in Northwest Fresno neighborhood known for violence


Efforts are underway to clean-up a Northwest Fresno neighborhood that’s known for violence.

Located at Fairmont and Holt, police say on Monday a 27-year-old woman was stabbed at the West Shaw Estates.

She is expected to be okay. Her boyfriend, 29-year-old Charles Brown was arrested.

Meantime, residents say even though violence appears to be improving compared to years prior, the area has a bad wrap.

“I have friends and stuff who are like ‘Oh, you live over there? I don’t want to come over there because there’s shooting all the time,'” said resident, Dominique Brown.

Brown has lived in the West Shaw Estates for almost a year. There’s a memorial for someone who was shot and killed not far from her front door but she says she feels safe.

“I have a 7-year-old who I feel really comfortable out here playing with their friends,” Brown said.

The last murder in the neighborhood at Fairmont and Holt was in April of this year, according to Fresno PD Captain and Commander of the Northwest Division, Burke Farrah. He says that it was a domestic case. He adds that with Monday night’s incident, domestic violence is hardest issue to crack.

Overall, he says when it comes to gangs…

“Crime is down,” Captain Farrah said. “Things are going extremely well in the West Shaw Estates.”

There was a double homicide in 2018 and no murders recorded in 2017.

Neighbor, Ashley Gable says she’s seen a drastic dip in crime compared several years ago when she was just a new resident.

Back then…

“I’ve never heard so much gunfire ever in my life till I moved here,” Gable said.

In recent months, it’s been all hands on deck. The police department and the property management company have been working together.

Security cameras have recently gone up plus new lighting.

“I think it’s a good help because when the lights are on, there’s not a lot of people. It scares people away,” Gable added.

There’s security patrols and a Fresno PD sub station close-by too.

“Police are pretty heavy over here all the time,” Brown said.

“They can make a pass through there and that’s made a big impact,” Captain Burke said.

The Neighborhood Watch Group meets once a month which could also be helping with the dip in crime.

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