D'Iberville has been making headlines a lot lately for a city that is so young. Michael Creel, the manager of Cook’s Gun Shop, says, “Gets old telling the story about 10,000 times, but people are curious and they care about us.”
Creel can laugh about it now, but his workplace has been burglarized twice this year. He says he feels no different about the city's safety, but the shop did ramp up security after the break-ins. Creel also says, "We're still concerned. Once it gets done to you, you don't like calls at 2 in the morning. Those aren't good." He says that the growth of the city is more good than bad, and that the burglaries are no indicator of things to come as D'Iberville expands. Creel also says, “There’s really not any bad effects for us. We can’t isolate the robberies to the growth of D’Iberville.”
Studies show that the chances of being a victim of a crime in D'Iberville are 1 out of 15, and the chances of being victim of a violent crime are 1 in 353. Naturally, local business welcomes the recent growth the city has seen, but after two burglaries, Cook's Gun Shop on Popps Ferry Road hopes the police can continue to keep up. Creel closes, “Hopefully the city would be able to maintain its police presence. As the city grows, hopefully they can grow.” D’Iberville became a city in 2008, and since then, the city's crime rate has been higher than the Mississippi average. Despite this, Creel says business remains strong, especially as people buy their own firearms to protect themselves against crime.
All the weapons taken from Cook's Gun Shop were recovered. The first set of weapons was dropped off in a woman's front yard. Nobody was arrested in that case. In the second case, two suspects have been arrested.