Kansas City, Ks., Crime On A Roll Downward


The crime rate is dropping in Wyandotte County, Ks., which includes Kansas City, says the Kansas City, Mo., Star. “As far as violent crime goes, we are light years ahead of where we were 10 years ago,” said Paul Soptick, president of Wyandotte Countians Against Crime and chairman of the Neighborhood Crime Prevention Patrol. “We’ve still got a long way to go.”

Last year, Kansas City, Kan., saw the number of violent crimes – homicides, robberies, rapes, aggravated batteries and aggravated assaults – decrease for the ninth consecutive year. A police spokesman attributed the drop to several factors, including redevelopment efforts, new homes being built on vacant lots in the northeast part of the city, and a cooperative police relationship with more than 130 community groups. Said Police Chief Ron Miller: “There is still too much crime, but that is a fact everywhere in the United States. The question is how well the community is doing at reducing crime.”

Link: http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/10860142.htm

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