GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Drugs, prostitution and assaults have become a such a big problem in one section of Greensboro, magistrates are now banning people from setting foot in that section of town.
The area includes Asheboro Square, Ole Asheboro and Arlington Park neighborhoods.
Stores have banned shoplifters. However, banning criminals who commit crimes from an area is new territory.
Almost 250 officers have spent time in the targeted area trying to get the crime under control over the past month. Typically, about eight officers patrol the area during a day. Now, that number has more than doubled. So far, police say, magistrates have banned two people from the area.
Kevin Curry is one of the people magistrates ordered to stay out of the area. Police arrested him for soliciting a sexual activity. But, police say he came back. So, they arrested him again. Police admit banning people from the area is not going to solve all the problems, but it is a new technique they want to try.
"We asked for that latitude. Historically, we've seen where we charge people for illegal activity in the corridor, and then they're right back out there the next night, or in some cases, the same night, doing the same thing. You're really not solving any problems," Capt. J.T. Cranford said.
Assistant Guilford Co. District Attorney Howard Neumann said, "It's a police initiative, but it's done mainly at the request of the residents in that area. It's not that the police have said, 'We're going to pick on one section of town.' The good people who live on MLK Drive or a block or two away are the ones who don't feel comfortable walking down the sidewalks in their own neighborhoods."
Since the effort began early last month, police have arrested 89 people. We will keep checking in with police, to keep you updated about this on-going effort.