- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 13, 2002

Deanwood resident Annie Lee's Toyota Corolla has been broken into four times in two years. Her next-door neighbor's house was robbed last year.
And on Monday, fire officials found the bodies of what appear to be a woman and child burned beyond recognition in a burning car near the Deanwood Metro station in Northeast.
"I don't walk around at night," said Mrs. Lee. "You can hear shooting. The police drive the drug dealers and criminals out, and they come back."
Residents of this Northeast neighborhood say they are tired of complaining to police about drug dealing, car theft and robberies and getting few results.
At a community meeting last night at Ron H. Brown Middle School, residents detailed crime and a shortage of police officers to help contain it. They want Ward 7 D.C. Council member Kevin Chavous, a Democrat, to help pressure the city for more foot patrols and bicycle police patrols and a new police substation.
"We need help because its been a nightmare," said John Frye, an advisory neighborhood commissioner whose district includes a part of Deanwood. "Even in the day, you can see at least a hundred dealers at the open-air drug market on Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue. There aren't enough officers to help control the problem. And what few there are all at the 7-Eleven."
Police officials say the city isn't dealing with the real issue of crime in Deanwood: abandoned cars, vacant houses, lighting, trash and overgrown trees.
"We've increased patrols over the past few months through overtime," said 6th District Cmdr. Willie Dandridge. "I could have 25 more officers, and we'd still have the crime because [the Department of Public Works] isn't removing those cars and trash, and the city isn't boarding up those buildings."
He said drug dealers use the abandoned cars and homes to stash and sell drugs and other illicit activities. Police officers, he added, are obstructed from spotting the activities by overgrown trees, poor lighting and blocked roads.
"Until all city agencies are on board and these issues are addressed, I can send in narcotics [officers] … for a while, but the results won't be sustained."


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