Home Owner Wants Out Of Scenic City Due To Chattanooga Gun Crime

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 8/08 6:57 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN, (WDEF)-"Chattanooga is out of control with crime"

This is Michael Barr's home, it’s a historic 4 bedroom house he says he has put over 80k into renovations since 2012.

But for the  veteran originally from Maryville Tennessee, this dream home has become a nightmare.

"Closer to downtown, we are here on east 14th street, a lot of the cars here make my house vibrate from the music coming out of their cars every time a car does drive by i'm always looking up to see if there will be a gun sticking out of the window to shoot me"

Earlier this week 4 teens were shot just feet from his front door after he says others tried to break into his home.

"Be going up for sale as soon as I get it finished, I can't sleep in peace at night, yelling and screaming kids all up during the hours of the day and night, I know there's a lot of drug activity going along through here"

Chattanooga Police Dept say they are doing all they can to stop the shootings and the crime and say they are going to try something different this weekend which might make a difference"

Chief Fred Fletcher,"We are providing opportunities for police officers to get out in front of community members this weekend we are putting cops out on bicycles in what our data has indicated is the most risk part of town they will be on bicycles trying to create positive encounters with people"

Real estate agents with properties in the downtown neighborhoods most affected by gun crime told News 12 we are not comfortable commenting about the issue but can say that property values have risen steadily in the past 3 years.

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Bruno - 8/10/2014 7:19 PM
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.............let me guess. Mormon V Amish gangs ruining another town

Tom n HiLnd P - 8/8/2014 8:41 PM
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Chattanooga has to aggressively pursue 2 strategies, policing is only 1 of the 2. The other is to boost property taxes, and forbid subdividing single family residential units into 2 or more apartments. That'll do the job.
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