Residents at senior living community fed up with crime

by: Tyisha Fernandes Updated:

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ATLANTA - People living in Big Bethel Village in southwest Atlanta say they're fed up with crime at the senior housing community. It's the complex where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s sister-in-law was attacked.

Residents are considering a lawsuit against the company that owns the property. 

The senior living community already has security cameras and a security gate. That's not stopping criminals from smashing windows, stealing property from inside cars and assaulting residents.

The president of the residents council, Ruth Mason, says residents are afraid.

"They don't know what to do, who to call and most of them don't have the money to have the glass people come out and do it, because their deductibles are like $500," Mason said.

Residents are asking for better lighting around their building, better cameras and more police patrols.

Channel 2 Action News reached out to the company that owns the community, National Church Residences. In a statement the company said, "They're actively working to figure out a way to secure the top of the fence where the suspect was able to enter the community."