MACEDONIA: City police are asking the community whether officers’ constant presence at Macedonia Commons makes shoppers feel safe or gives the impression that it’s a high-crime area.

It’s a discussion that’s taken place for a while at the police station.

The shopping area, located at state Route 8 and Interstate 271, is home to businesses such as Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Applebee’s and Cinemark.

Macedonia Commons “is relatively crime free,” police posted Monday on their Facebook page.

Officers often walk through stores and have a stationary patrol in the shopping area.

“The message being [sent] is the police are there and will enforce any violations we see,” police wrote. “The question is: do you feel the visible and continued police presence (traffic stops, parking tickets, officers walking through stores, stationary patrol in the parking lot, etc.) gives the impression that the Macedonia Commons is a high crime area and/or unsafe because of the enforcement and presence or do you feel the enforcement and presence increases safety?”

People are asked to leave their comments on the Facebook page or email police Chief Jon Golden at jgolden@macedonia.oh.us.

As of early Tuesday morning, police had received 127 responses posted on Facebook.

Nearly all who responded said they appreciated the police presence.

“I think it’s a low crime area BECAUSE you are there,” Jennie Moore Elliott wrote. “I’m thankful we see officers around and would hate to see that change.”