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Pembroke residents say they feel safe
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Early results of a survey on safety are showing good feelings about security in Pembroke.

Pembroke Police Chief Randy Alexander said during Monday’s City Council meeting that he has received 45 responses to the Community Oriented Policing Neighborhood Survey so far, and about 90 percent of the respondents feel “somewhat safe” or better about walking in their neighborhood after dark. About 1 percent to 2 percent said they felt “unsafe.”

“Overall, I think it’s very, very favorable,” Alexander said.

Other questions include what problems people want solved first in their neighborhood, ranking primary concerns about criminal activity in the neighborhood and how satisfied residents are with the department. Surveys were sent out last month in water bills, and they are available on the city’s website.

Alexander said he would wait another couple of weeks until more surveys come in and then present the final results.

In action items during the meeting, the council:
• Officially made DuBois Square a city park. The park was purchased more than a decade ago from the DuBois family, but was never officially designated a park. The family requested that it receive the designation.
• Approved street closures for the Easter Extravaganza on March 19, National Night Out on Aug. 2, and Christmas events in December. For the March 19 and Aug. 2 events, West Railroad Street will be closed from South Main Street to just past Stephens Street at the gazebo area at the end of the police station. The same area of road will be closed for the Christmas events, as well to West Gibson Street between Ledford and Stephens streets. Closure areas are subject to change.
• Approved flag displays in the downtown area for Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July and Veterans Day.

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