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Quincy community works on improving safety after murder nearly 4 years ago


QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- WGEM News recently showed you how police are fighting drugs in the Tri-States. Now, we take a look at Quincy community that has undergone a transformation, after a murder on the property nearly four years ago.

(See 'Drug Gangs: A WGEM News Special Report')

In 2008 a man was murdered right at Cedar Creek apartment complex, police say the murder involved members of a Chicago drug gang.

But since then management at the property has changed, and they've been working on making it a safe place to live.

On July 16, 2008 a man was shot and killed at Cedar Creek apartment complex and the killer has never been arrested.

Jennifer Stajduhar had no idea when she moved in a year later, but found out from neighbors what happened.

"It was disheartening. I talked to the facility manager about it, voiced all my concerns and asked a lot of questions. The one at the time assured me it was safe and that it's a place that is watched since it happened," said Stajduhar.

Dominium apartments took over the property in 2009 and management says they have worked hard to clean it up and improve it's image after the murder.

To live there now, residents must go through a strict screening process.

It involves running a potential resident's name through sex offender registries, checking for a criminal record, and getting references from previous landlords.

"You've got to let them know that you don't allow that out here when we are going over our lease I let them know that we have a zero tolerance for drugs," said Cedar Creek Crossing community manager, Jennifer Ham.

The Quincy Police Department says they patrol the complex frequently, and they work with management to make sure its as safe as possible.

"They'll call and say we are looking for this individual if you see this vehicle will you let us know and we do because there is only one way out of here and we know who is coming and going," said Ham.

Residents say the murder has tainted the property's image, but it has since become a safer place to live.

"If you do know about it get to know the community and management and see what they have done to create a safe community," said Stajduhar.

The property's management says they have created their own neighborhood watch for the community.

If you would like to start one in your neighborhood, contact your local police department.

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