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October 16, 2013

Crime analysts show saturation success

NORMAN — The Norman Police Department recently reported citywide crime stats as well as some differences seen after saturating two particular areas in eastern and western parts of the city.

The saturation of the two areas began after implementing Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS), which is used to help reduce crime, accidents and traffic violations in cities across the country.

Norman police crime analyst Jason Redden said out of 196 square miles covered by police, two square miles were chosen to be saturated due to the high volume of accidents and crimes committed in the two zones.

The saturation resulted in both the overall reduction of crime and accidents this year, statistics provided by police show.

The borders of the west zone include 24th Avenue Southwest, Main Street, Berry Road and Lindsey Street. The borders of the east zone include 12th Avenue Southeast, Alameda Street, 24th Avenue Southeast and Lindsey Street.

One statistic covers a six-month overview of larceny from vehicles from January to June, comparing normal limits of incidents to 2013 incidents and to a five-year average. Graphs provided by the police show larcenies decreased in both zones during the time frame.

From 2012 to 2013 during those six-month periods, larcenies in the west zone decreased about 70 percent; larcenies in the east zone decreased about 48 percent.

While accidents in each zone have seen some decreases as well, it wasn’t as significant of a change as larcenies from vehicles. There was a 9 percent decrease of accidents in the west zone and a 6 percent decrease in the east zone from 2012 to 2013.

Redden said crime is being displaced, and hopefully crime incidents will move out of the city entirely.

If a problem spot moves, so will officers. Norman Police Chief Keith Humphrey said the program has police officers on every shift communicating with each other. The officers tell each other what happened on their shifts, and officers on other shifts can either follow up or keep an eye out for certain problems that may arise, Humphrey said.

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