The Dayton Police Department will soon block off several roads and alleys off East 3rd Street with concrete barriers.
They include South Garfield, South Torrence, South Philadelphia and South Jersey streets.
Police say the barriers will help stop crime and prostitution. It’s something they tried in the 5 Oaks area in the 90’s.
“I believe there should be freedom within a state. But I also believe you can’t have lawlessness. We have too much of that in this area. Anyone who lives here or comes through is very much aware of that,” said Samuel Ewing, a former resident that lived off East 3rd St.
“If I wanted to catch the bus. I would have to be worried about being propositioned. I don’t want that from a prostitute,” he added.
DPD planned on blocking more streets and alleys but after meeting with RTA, DPS and the Dayton Fire Department, they cut down their plan.
The move to add barriers comes after residents complained and DPD plans on making the barriers decorative.
“It’s complicated but it’s worth it. As soon as you get to know the area, it is no problem. It really slows down the traffic which makes it safer to live,” said Bryelle Broower, a resident in 5 Oaks.
Broower says she wouldn’t have purchased her home had the fences not been installed there.