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NORTH MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) - No one person or law enforcement agency can completely stop crime across Memphis but Derwin Pugh with Safeways is doing his best.

"No one can do everything by themselves and it really takes a village of residents," Pugh said.

Wednesday morning Pugh was back for a re-inspection at the Breezy Point Apartments in North Memphis. He says small things can make a big difference, like the environmental design of a complex, making sure fences are transparent and secured with a lock, and shrubbery is the right size.
 
"If I am standing and looking to cause harm to someone, there should be someone able to identify me standing or kneeling," Pugh said.

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Something that might be harder for shall we say a shorter person like myself, but still a deterrent. Pugh says its also key to have residents parking right near their apartments  and away from the nearest major street.

"If you are female getting off of work and you're taking in groceries or a single parents it's dark out, you want to make certain that someone actually sees you in case an incident occurs," Pugh said.

Another big safety check is to make sure the door locks are at least three inches to prevent someone from easily kicking them in.

Once you become a Safeways property Pugh visits regularly to make sure the deterrents are still in place and helping residents feel safer.

"It's been safe, it's a good environment since I have been living here," said Asia Johnson, Breezy Point resident.

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