New security measures on the way for Cambridge Apartments

The Housing Authority of Darlington has a new partnership with the owners of the Cambridge Apartments and they’re working to make changes. (WPDE)

An apartment complex in Lamar will be seeing an increase in security soon.

The Housing Authority of Darlington has a new partnership with the owners of the Cambridge Apartments and they’re working to make changes.

Kytaisha Lesane and Justin Sumpter are mourning the loss of their 19-year-old cousin Germaine Mccoy who was shot at Cambridge Apartments Saturday.

"He's a good man and a funny man," Lesane said. "I love him and it's sad because he just left from my house."

"He had things going on that he had going on, but he had a good heart at the end of he day," Sumpter said.

Over the past year, the apartment complex has dealt with violence. The county reached out to the housing authority at the end of last year to help with solutions.

"We're working diligently to make it a safe environment because there are kids out there; there's elderly out there," Housing Authority Executive Director Jamie Steen said.

Steen said the problem isn't always the people who live here, but outsiders.

"We're having a lot of non-resident activity. The incident that happened on Saturday with the shooting, both parties were not residents," Steen said.

In an effort to stop unwanted visitors, Steen says they're going to add cameras, have residents get car decals and enforce their no loitering policy. Steen said a local towing company will monitor the parking lots and tow cars that are not authorized to be there.

"We're actually being really strict and not even allowing the residents to just stand around outside for the time being," Steen said.

They're also banning visitors who they say have caused trouble in the past.

McCoy, who was killed, was on the banned visitors list.

Lesane said, limiting guests isn't always fair.

"They do need to do that and at the same time, no, because the people that don't live here can't, like, visit their people," Lesane said.

Since the housing authority partnered with the complex owners in January, they've seen a drop in police calls.

In September, there were 11 documented incidents, eight in October, 12 in November and eight in December.

So far this year, there were two documented incidents in January, three in February, seven in March and three in April, according to Lt. Robby Kilgo with the Darlington County Sheriff's Office.

Kilgo said the incidents range from deputies checking on suspicious vehicles and people, to simple assaults and trespassing.

"We want it to be a safe environment, so we're working closely with the sheriff's department and local agencies," Steen said.

Lesane said, she agrees something does need to be done to make it safer.

"I feel like they need to do more, because all this violence needs to stop," Lesane said.

Since February, Steen said they've sent out 15 banned and barred letters to people who don't live there.

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