WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington's police chief says there has been a significant decrease in violent crime in the past month, especially in housing authority developments.
Chief Ralph Evangelous says that's both because of the hard work of law enforcement officers and also the work of the Wilmington Housing Authority to make sure both new and old policies are enforced.
"People are realizing we are serious about this, and with the housing authority stepping up and initiating evictions, people understand that you are either going to live by the rules or you are out and we are arresting these trespassers and it may be a misdemeanor, but they are going to jail. Sometimes we are arresting them multiple times over the same day. They get released and then they are back out there so we are arresting them again," said Chief Evangelous. "It's making a difference."