The Norman Transcript

Opinion

October 17, 2013

Targeting crime, accidents

NORMAN — It’s common sense that a higher visibility of law enforcement causes folks to drive better and act better or just move their criminal activity a few blocks over. Pro-active officers can make a difference in a holding down a community’s crime rate.

Norman’s initial entry into saturation patrols is apparently working, according to data provided to The Transcript this week.

The two areas singled out in east and west Norman in the Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety have had fewer accidents and reports of crime in the first six months of the year.

Larcenies declined in both east and west zones, as well as traffic accidents. Overall, crime throughout the city decreased 2 percent. A number of other crime categories — such as rapes, burglaries, larcenies from vehicles and motor vehicle thefts — are up.

Police Chief Keith Humphrey said if officers see a crime problem moving, they can move the saturation patrol to form a new target area. In briefings, officers talk between shifts about activity and take ownership in their beats.

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