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Long Neck Residents Voice Crime Concerns

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LONG NECK, Del.- A pair of violent crimes has people in one growing part of Delmarva on edge. 

Residents of Long Neck in Sussex County say this week's double murder of a woman and her mother as well as the rape of two women a few years ago are making them feel vulnerable. The police say two women in Long Neck were raped and robbed back in 2003.

Those crimes and the growing population have people in Long Neck wondering if their own police force is the answer. Area residents say their small area is not so small anymore. 

They say the recent acts of crime are causing major concern and feel now it is the time for their own police department.

Sabrina White has lived in Long Neck her entire life. She says the area is not what it used to be.

"Twenty years ago you could leave your doors unlocked," White said. "Now you have to lock everything now. It's very scary."

After the double murder on Monday, Long Neck residents are saying they need more than just the help of the Delaware State Police.

"They need their own as far as the things that happen here," said resident Anthony Howell. "There's been murders and there's been plenty of robberies."

But the state police say Long Neck has plenty of protection.

"I'm not familiar with any time where we've been called to an in-progress complaint in Long Neck that we've not been able to get there in a timely manner," said state police Cpl. Jeff Oldham. "If we needed back up in the area we could count on the Millsboro Police Department."

Sussex County Council Vice President Lynn Rogers said even though there is no "Long Neck Police Department," residents should still feel safe.

"By no means do we want anybody in Long Neck to feel like they're in jeopardy of police services," Rogers said.

Rogers said if Long Neck residents are serious about getting their own police force, they will need to petition their state legislators and just wait for their response.



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