KCPD says KC's historic Northeast has seen substantial crime reduction

December 18, 2018 - 6:48 am

Kansas City, MO - There's been a substantial reduction in crime in KC's historic Northeast neighborhood, according to KC police. 

The neighborhood is considered Kansas City's first 'suburb'.  Located immediately to the east of the downtown loop, its history dates to the late 1800's and is filled with stately Victorian-era mansions and homes.

By 2017, crime was widespread, with 11 homicides and 170 reported assaults. The Northeast had seen better days.

Fed up residents decided to do something about it. 

"The community asked for help -- we responded in kind, and it's a lot of proactive work in the area," said Maj. Greg Volker, Kansas City Police. "This year we had zero homicides."

Communication among neighborhood leaders seems to have helped keep police aware of problems, allowing them to follow up on leads. 

"I don't want to just reduce violence, I want to reduce the fear of violence," Volker said. "The fear of violence actually causes more issues, because you don't go places, you don't live a normal lifestyle."

Fear is a major reason other communities are reluctant to make changes, Volker said. 

The Kansas City Police Department encourages people to reach out and schedule meetings where plans can be put into place to reduce crime in their own neighborhoods.

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