Neighbors seeing more traffic near Confederate Flag site

Posted at 11:33 PM, Dec 27, 2013

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - The plan to raise a Confederate Flag in Chesterfield County earlier this year sparked conversation around the nation.

The flag went up at the end of September, leaving some worried about a possible uptick in crime because of all the controversy surrounding the flag.

Now that several months have passed, CBS 6 wanted to follow up with some of those concerns regarding crime.

"It's definitely a thought, but it's been so quiet," said Katie Perdue, who lives within eyesight of the flag.

In October Grayson Jennings, with the Virginia Flaggers, said an excavator was stolen from the site, but otherwise, neighbors who live nearby said the only thing that has changed is more traffic in the area.

"People will drive by or even stop at the top, and as they do they'll get up take pictures, get back and leave," said Perdue.

Perdue said she will also sometimes hear honking coming from Interstate 95 but isn't too bothered by it.

CBS 6 reached out to Chesterfield Police to see if crime or complaints have increased since the flag was raised, However, we were not able to get those numbers as of news times.

We also reached out to James Eaton, who owns the property where the flag is raised. No one was home when he went to his house.