Q. Just moved here a few months ago and live on Park Avenue in Forest Hills, just west of Independence Boulevard. I’ve seen a lot of police patrols of late, noon and night. Anything I should know about? The crime data doesn’t look THAT bad in the area.
A. A sergeant for the Wilmington Police Department said officers upped patrols around Park Avenue in Forest Hills in response to several break-ins that occurred in that area a couple of months ago.
Sgt. Donna Smith said the break-ins had stopped, but police are “just making sure it stays that way.”
For some time now, the police department’s approach to curbing crime has been harnessing data to focus patrols in areas where lawbreaking is on the rise. One program, known as Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety, requires police to make frequent traffic stops in high-crime areas. The approach is grounded in the theory that cracking down on traffic violations deters thieves and thugs by making police presence plainly known. Also, crimes such as burglary and robbery are often committed using vehicles to travel to and fro, so the chances of intercepting someone en route to a crime or leaving one are greater when police stop more cars.
Date posted: April 8, 2013
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