lack community support
Kevis, a county police community services officer, pleaded with
the Claymont Community Coalition to muster residents' help in
protecting their neighborhoods. "We've got to get more community
support if we're going to be able to do our job," she told its
meeting on Aug. 19. Right now that is virtually non-existent,
she said, adding that the department is already stretched thin
and expected retirements are "going to leave us in a pretty
precarious position." She reported a recent increase in
the number of burglaries, saying that even the few occupied
residences in the new Darley Green development "have been hit
five times." She called for formation of 'neighborhood watch'
patrols and such common-sense measures as locking house and car
doors and reporting suspicious activity.