At the shopping center at the intersection of Route 1 and Prince William County Parkway, crime is on the rise, according to the Woodbridge Supervisor.
WOODBRIDGE, Virginia — Rising crime is changing the shopping center at the intersection of Highway 1 and Prince William Parkway.
In the last week alone, there have been stabbings and fatal shootings. Both were in or near 7-Eleven parking lots.
“I think there’s definitely an increase in violent crime in that particular area,” said Woodbridge supervisor Margaret Franklin.
She told WUSA9 that she has been working for months on several solutions to deter crime in the area.
• Prince William County Police are monitoring the area around Richmond Highway and Prince William Parkway and have agreed to install cameras in the area where the recent activity occurred.
• The Prince William County Police Department conducted additional patrols of the area and worked with property owners to install ‘no trespassing’ signs behind 7-Elevens. This step allows police to enforce county no-go ordinances.
• Prince William County Public Schools, which purchased the land behind a 7-Eleven, agreed to cut trees to increase visibility from Prince William Parkway, increasing visibility to deter criminal activity.
• Prince William County Public Schools agreed to install lights behind 7-Elevens to deter criminal activity.
• Homeless people were served and relocated through the Prince William County Department of Social Services.
“Seven-Eleven had a few incidents before and after, but there were a few incidents on that block alone. We need to make sure, it’s business,” said Franklin.
On Friday, Virginia’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board revoked 7-Eleven’s liquor license, said Director Franklin.
Through this document, I learned that they have been accused of not having sufficient safety measures in place to prevent non-business crime. doing. Also, July 2022 and he mentions shootings in October.
“It’s a thorny and a concern for me. We need to figure out how to identify vulnerable communities and how to provide them with services and resources to prevent them from following a path of becoming involved in criminal activity.” said Supervisor Franklin. .
She also told WUSA9 that she hopes to build a youth recreation center along Route 1 in Woodbridge.
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