A resident of East Nashville since the 1980s, Von Moye also chooses to work his lawn care business and enjoy his free time in that part of town.
“We’re just attracting people from all over,” Moye told News 2. “You see families walking up and down the street. We’re real close to downtown. You could walk to the Titans Stadium. You could go to a ball game. You could walk downtown to a park.”
Over the years though, Moye said he has become more aware of crime in his neighborhood.
“Being out on the job, I’ve heard gunshots,” Moye described. “I’ve actually seen people shot. I’ve witnessed job sites being robbed. Just about 99% of the people I meet are just wonderful people, and occasionally, I’ll see a bad one out there.”
Violent crimes over the last year have captured Moye’s attention.
One of those high-profile cases includes two people shot and killed by strangers in August 2018 while celebrating a birthday outside of Cobra Nashville.
Over the years, Moye has had his business lawn tools stolen and was even attacked by a stranger while working on a resident’s yard.
“I’ve been assaulted two or three times,” Moye explained. “A few years ago we had a car stop, a person got out and approached me right in a residents yard. He come right up in the yard. I yelled for my lawn crew to come and kind of back me up and that really escalated into something really bad because before it was over, they tossed oil in my face, they tried to run over us with a car.”
Already this year, a 32-year-old man identified by Metro police as Broderick Porter-Baugh was shot and killed during a carjacking on Pennock Street.
“I’m not happy where the crime is right now,” Moye told News 2.
“Is there a problem with crime in East Nashville?” I asked Moye.
He replied, “yes, there is a problem.”
The latest statistics from Metro police show most crimes were down from 2017 to 2018 in the East precinct, the precinct that covers East Nashville.
There was a significant drop in homicides from 23 in 2017 to 14 in 2018, as of December 29, the numbers most readily available.
Robberies, burglaries, aggravated assaults and violent crimes all followed the same pattern.
The only exception appeared to be auto thefts which were up across the board in every precinct, including East where there was an increase of about 12-percent over the last year.
The same data showed East precinct had the third most homicides of the eight precincts for 2018 behind North and South precincts. That’s an improvement from 2017 when the East precinct ranked second only to North precinct.
“There’s a lot of crime that’s not reported and that’s bad,” Moye added. “Some people fear reporting it, but we have got to report it.”
Moye helped launch ‘East Nashville Neighborhood Watch,’ a Facebook group with nearly 11,000 members, where residents can post surveillance images, videos and details of crimes that have just happened.
Users can choose to have alerts sent directly to their phone when a crime is reported.
“When we work together, I think we will prevail,” Moye said.
The crimes that Moye hears most about from his fellow East Nashville neighbors are car break-ins and thefts of packages.
He believes it will take the community coming together and watching out for one another to help push back against crime.
“You can’t give in to criminals. Don’t back down to them. That’s what they want you to do. They want you to be afraid of them. They want to terrorize you. They want to scare you and you shouldn’t have to live like that,” Moye explained.
If you have information about a crime in East Nashville or anywhere in the city, you are urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.