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Leland's Night Out against crime

Communities across the country, and right here in our area, gathered Tuesday night to take part in the 26th Annual National Night Out. One of the local events was in Leland. There were activities for the kids along with demonstrations and information provided by law enforcement. National Night Out aims to raise awareness about keeping communities safe in the fight against crime and drugs. "National Night Out means our community belongs to us and it's a strong message to people who are in your community doing the wrong thing that we're going to be here and we're going to make sure this is a safe place to live," said Leland Police Chief Tim Jayne. Thirty-four million people across the country were expected to participate in America's Night Out Against Crime.

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Crime in Wilmington, Police department does not care?

We recently stayed in Wilmington on a weekend getaway and had a very upsetting experience. As we were checking out on Sunday and packing our car, it was ransacked within 30 seconds and we lost a substantial amount of personal belongings. Police showed up promptly and showed alot of concern, said they would follow-up on it, etc. Gave them all the information and they knew we were several hours away and not local Stayed another day to see if the person I saw walking by at the time of the incident would surface, nothing. She obviously was part of the large homeless population the boardwalk. We called the officer the next week and he told us that he knew nothing further about our case, but that it had been turned over to the detective department and to check back with them. Well, we called several times with no return call and finally had the head of the department contact us to let us know that a) nothing had been done, the officer had indicated it was "inactive" with no further leads b) no detective had the case and was checking the local pawn shops, which I might add number 13-15 c) the inn keeper that was contacted by the insurance company, told us in a phone conversation that they were told by the insurance people they would " take care of it" so did nothing further. When I spoke to the detective I told him it was a terrible experience that we had there and we would NEVER come back. He stated that he understood but there was nothing more they could do. In walking around the town, and talkign with others we met, this was not a exception to the rule and happened quite often. When we got to Wilmington the inn keeper and locals all told us crime was Very rare there and there was nothing to worry about. Funny, everyone there, including the inn keeper, know where the pawn shops are? We will NEVER visit that area again after we visited to look for places to move.