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Crime in 75th Street corridor reduced 44 percent

November 3, 2010

Seeing more police on the streets appears to be helping keep criminals at bay in the 75th Street corridor.

Shawnee police recently announced that targeted crime in the area is down 44 percent since they launched what they call a “High Visibility Enforcement” effort there on July 6.

They compared crime statistics 90 days into the effort to crime statistics 90 days before it began.

According to numbers from the department:

• Residential burglaries are down 52 percent, from 25 to 12 reports.

• Auto burglaries are down 50 percent, from 22 to 11 reports.

• Auto thefts are down 57 percent, from 7 to 3 reports.

• Commercial burglaries are down 60 percent, from 5 to 2 reports.

• Robberies are down 33 percent, from 3 to 2 reports.

Shawnee police Capt. Rob Moser said the enforcement effort was designed as a six-month initiative, so residents can expect additional numbers in January.

He said police hope to maintain the upward trend.

“We’re very pleased with the 90-days results, and we’re optimistic that it will continue,” he said.

The enforcement effort is called Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety, or DDACTS.

Shawnee was the first law enforcement agency in the country to implement the DDACTS strategy.

Ronald Medford, deputy administrator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, visited the city in August to congratulate the police department on its efforts and early positive results with the program.

The enforcement effort does not require any additional officers or overtime pay, Moser said.

Officers already on duty in other parts of the city simply rotate into the target area for a given amount of time during their shifts, with the goal of increasing police visibility there.

“It may be an hour, it may be two hours, but the point is to have somebody rotated in there every day,” Moser said.

Shawnee police targeted 75th Street from Switzer Street to Quivira Road because of its high concentration of traffic and crime problems, Moser said.

The area comprises only about 2 percent of the city’s total land mass and 8.5 percent of its total population, but it was home to much higher percentages of traffic crashes and crimes.

During the previous year, 17 percent of the city’s traffic crashes and 17 percent of its property crimes happened in the corridor.

Shawnee police look forward to cooperating with the community and implementing other focused policing strategies, Capt. Bill Hisle of the patrol division wrote in the department’s recent announcement.

“The police department is obviously encouraged by these initial results, but we realize that continued efforts to reduce crime in Shawnee will be a continuing, ongoing effort,” he said.

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