Wheeling Police is glad to report that the number of crimes in the past month have gone down significantly, especially in the neighborhoods of Central and East Wheeling.
They conducted one of their regular neighborhood meetings Monday night. Normally they received about 100 to 150 calls per month, but in this past month, they received about 50 calls, which is less than half of the calls they normally get.
At Monday night’s meeting, Wheeling residents came to discuss what the police can do to further protect the neighborhood whether it be more patrolmen or be on the lookout for some suspicious activity. East Wheeling was once the site of a large portion of the city’s crimes but is well on its way to becoming a much safer area, and Wheeling Police is using different tactics to make sure that the community is involved in that process.
Cody Schwertfeger, a Wheeling Police Patrolman, said, “Just going out and talking to people. That’s the main thing. Most of our job people think we’re going out and hammering tickets and stuff. That’s not really it. It’s going out and figuring out who to talk to, who knows things, figuring out all these little crimes that are happening.”
They are always encouraging residents that if they are worried about any suspicious activity to report it immediately.
They do have regular meetings in each Wheeling neighborhood to get the community involvement going. Their next meeting in the East Wheeling neighborhood will be Monday May 7th.