Cooperation between Rock Hill Police and the owner of the Executive Inn on Anderson Road is helping the motel avoid a fate similar to that of the former Red Coach Inn downtown.
Police have focused more on the Executive Inn after fielding complaints about drugs, prostitution and nighttime violence, according to a story last week in The Herald.
The owner, Punam Patel of Rock Hill, also built fences and installed new outdoor lighting. He told his clerks to keep in touch with officers so problems are quickly reported.
The result is a decrease this year in the number of police calls to the inn. In 2006, police were called to the inn 482 times. Through last week, police have been called 413 times this year.
While the number of calls is still too high, the decrease is cause for hope.
The commander of York County's drug unit, Marvin Brown, also said fewer drug cases are being made at the inn.
Police and Patel credit each other. "Because of their help, we're getting everything under control," Patel said.
Police also credit their Comstat software program, which tracks crime trends and helps alert police about when and where certain crimes are occurring.
Some feared the Executive Inn might become the new Red Coach, a motel near downtown that developed a reputation for prostitution and drug use. The city purchased the Red Coach in 2005 and demolished it.
But the trend at the Executive Inn is positive. That's largely because of the efforts by police and Mr. Patel, and their cooperation.
For the sake of the motel's law-abiding customers and its neighbors, we hope the efforts continue -- and that they show continued success.
Police and motel owner cooperate to reduce reports of crime at Executive Inn.
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