A woman killed in her own home four days before Christmas. And, Lynchburg Police still haven't named a suspect or made an arrest.
People in this particular hometown want answers, many are worried about their own safety.
WDBJ7 spoke to several homeowners who live in the same area Lynda Slocum did and they say they're uneasy and shocked that something like that happened where they lvie. That's why police held a public meeting Thursday, not to discuss Slocum's suspicisous death, but to offer guidance on how residents can protect themselves.
"Home security, locks, lights and alarms, things people can do, cost effective things people can do to their home, personal safety, also several of the programs that LPD offers and neighborhood watch," said one Lynchburg police officer. Those were just a few of the topics discussed at the public meeting, and Lynchburg residents were eager to help forge the battle against crime.
"This awful crime happened in our area is a concern to all of us and were here to see what could be done," said neighbor Marshall Hamilton.
Lynchburg Police are still investigating the murder of Lynda Slocum. She lived on Ravenwood Drive. Her body was discovered on December 20th. Slocum's neighbors say they still want to believe the neighorhood is safe and are taking matters into their own hands.
"It's important, we all do watch out for each other. We have a neighborhood watch in place," said Melody McCorkhill. "It works. It really does work, and its important that we really do come together, not just for own safety but for our neighbors as well."
And that's just what police want, residents taking advantage of area neighborhood watch programs. It's a key to detering crime.
Lynchburg police gave out a flyer at the meeting. It included important information that everyone in any neighborhood should keep in mind. For example, be aware of your surroundings, keep doors and windows locked, make sure your home is well lit, look out for your neighbor, and report any suspicious activity to police immediately.