Business owners in Glendale's Catlin Park said crime has increased in their area with an influx of homeless persons. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Linda Moran-Whittley owns Pappa Ed's Ice Cream said the homeless have been loitering on business properties and leaving trash behind. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Glendale Police Commander Andre Anderson said officers understand the problem and a crisis team was created and patrols increased in the area. (Source: CBS 5 News)
GLENDALE, AZ (CBS5) -
Catlin Court in Glendale is known for its many shops and restaurants all within walking distance of one another. But business owners said that over the past six months not all foot traffic has been good for their bottom line.
According to police, an influx of homeless have migrated into the communities surrounding Murphy and Bonsall parks, and with it, an increase in certain crimes.
Linda Moran-Whittley owns Pappa Ed's Ice Cream. The shop's normally open until 8 p.m., but she closed early Thursday to go to a meeting at the Glendale Police Department
"It became a problem when we noticed they were actually on our property at night when we weren't here. When they left they would leave articles of clothing, and different things that belonged to them and trash," Moran-Whittley said.
Glendale Police Commander Andre Anderson said officers understand the problem. A crisis team was created and patrols have been increased in the area.
"We have an obligation to make sure our merchants are safe," Anderson said, adding that police are trying to find a balance by being sensitive to the needs of the homeless and business owners.
Anderson said there has been an increase in vandalism and disorderly conduct with some of the homeless. Police have worked to try to find resources and services to help the homeless, especially those with mental concerns, Anderson said.
"Being homeless, being a transient in itself is not a crime. But if the individuals are committing crimes such as urban camping, disorderly conduct, we have an obligation to address those crimes," Anderson said.
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Monday, July 28 2014 1:54 AM EDT2014-07-28 05:54:28 GMT
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