PORT CARBON, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Residents of a Schuylkill County community are concerned for their safety as the crime rate goes up in Port Carbon.
As drug activity increases, citizens feel they need more protection from the local police department.
Borough council members say they have police officers working 96 hours a week… which is what the budget allows for.
Now that one officer has retired, the borough has started advertising for his replacement.
One concerned resident of Port Carbon told Eyewitness News Reporter Haley Bianco “Our town has definitely gone down hill. It’s sad because town’s not like what it use to be. so I feel like there needs to be more cops on to take care of that. when we call, 10 or 11 o’clock there’s no police on duty to take care of that. i feel like if it’s not taken care of now, it’s only going to get worse. and especially for the kids who want to go on the streets or the playground, you have to worry who’s going to pick them up, you got worry about the drugs.”
Borough council members say they recognize the drug and crime problems and are working to find ways to protect the borough and its residents.