South Austin neighborhood continues to see crime; asking for police to do more

Police stepped up patrols on Roxana Drive after a fight involving as many as 50 people ended in gunshots this April.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Folks living in one south Austin neighborhood say the crime there just keeps getting worse. Back in April we told you about a fight on Roxana Drive involving as many as 50 people that ended in gunshots. Police stepped up patrols there but some families tell KXAN they still do not feel safe.

Natasha Jensen has lived on Roxana Drive for 3 years. She says, “I’ve seen drug deals right in front of my house and little pockets getting dropped into people’s windows as they drive off.”

It’s crimes like this Natasha Jensen says has been going on in her south Austin neighborhood for months. KXAN showed you cell phone video back in April showing a fight at the neighborhood playground that ended in gunshots.

Natasha says, “It’s still getting a lot of drug activity and partying going on here and most of these people doing these things don’t even live in this neighborhood.”

KXAN requested the number of times police have been called to Roxanna Drive since April after the fight. More than 80 calls; everything from drugs to sexual assaults and shots fired…again.

Natasha says, “It says that there’s a problem here and I feel like we need more police outreach and communication.”

Austin Police say they continue to patrol Roxanna Drive even asking officers to come by here when they’re free and not responding to a call. But some residents like Natasha say it’s not enough.

She says, “They just do a quick drive-by and you can’t really see anything.”

Natasha hopes police will do more before another violent fight happens again.

Austin Police say Roxanna Drive will continue to be a neighborhood they keep a close eye on until crime is down.

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