NORTH DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Police surveyed apartment residents Saturday on the crime in their neighborhood and their perceptions on law enforcement.

“They just asked about everything that was going on,” said Zach Holsclaw, who spoke to police at his home near Preston and Spring Valley.

The community policing program aims to address concerns and engage more people in effort to prevent crime in their own neighborhoods.

“We’re deploying the strategy in some of the toughest neighborhoods in Dallas,” said Police Chief David Brown.

In the last two weeks, his department has faced criticism from vocal protestors over the shooting deaths of eight suspects by police so far this year.

In having officers go door to door, however, police say they are targeting the often silent majority, inviting them to express their opinions and suggestions.

“It just creates such a great dialogue, such a great relationship with the community that it’s a smarter way of reducing crime,” Brown said.

One woman interviewed by police, who did not want to be identified, said many of her neighbors had been robbed and she feared going out after dark.

“We try to go out as little as possible,” she said.

The woman said police had invited her to attend a crime prevention meeting.

“I’ve lived here many years and it’s the first time there’s been a meeting like that,” she said.

According to Brown, the department will review the information gathered and take action to address the concerns raised.