Police see dip in the violent crime rate - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Kontji Anthony

Police see dip in the violent crime rate

As we move closer to the new year, there's new hope for Memphians worried about safety. There is a dip in the violent crime rate. Police say it's because everyone is doing their part.

Between January and November of last year, there were 10,950 violent crimes. This year there have been 10,298.

That means murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault are down by 5.6%.

A known factor in the decline is Operation Blue Crush, a tactic where police saturate high crime areas with more patrols.

Another factor is more and more people are subscribing to the department's Cyberwatch Internet crime fighting program. It brings everyday citizens into the loop by sending them e-mail alerts on crime in their zip codes.

"If they know more about what's happening, they're going to report back and give us the inside on what's going on," crime consultant John Harvey said.
And the Real Time Crime tracking system is now giving investigators an edge.

Police can scan records and interface them with maps to produce a list of suspects within minutes of a crime.

The focus now is the increase in juvenile crime. As well as prisoner re-entry programs so people who serve their time don't return to a life of crime.

Click here to visit the Memphis Police Department Cyberwatch Kiosk.

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