In a press release from the City of Topeka's Police Department Thursday afternoon, several factors played a part in the 9.8 percent reduction in crime from 2006 to 2007. In December alone, the crime rate fell nearly 30 percent; the number of reported thefts decreased by over 40 percent.
“In 2007, we saw neighborhood patrols form and the Safest Capital City Initiative kick-off, Chief Ron Miller said. “Businesses, schools, citizens – everyone -- has started getting involved and it has made all the difference this year.”
In thanking WIBW-TV’s participation in the effort to make Topeka the safest capital city, Sally Zellers with Safe Streets, called its efforts “instrumental in this significant decrease.”
“You are truly working to make a difference,” she told station staff. “In my 27 years down here I have NEVER seen a decrease of this magnitude. Remember, that we normally see an INCREASE in December due to the Holidays so the number reflected is should really be bigger, but you can’t measure crime that does not occur. What a great campaign lead by 13!!!! You’re the best!"
“A large part of the reduction has to do with organizations getting involved in the community,” Chief Miller continued. “In November and December, we had TV stations focusing on helping people to not become victims, Topeka High students making public service announcements, Safe Streets developing window clings and flyers out in water bills. Everything you can think of, people in this community were doing to spread crime prevention tips.”