Police Chief Ronald Miller attributes the reported crime reduction to the department’s many partnerships with the Topeka community.
“Citizen’s of Topeka understand crime is a community problem and they address crime issues as a community," Miller said. He points to community crime reduction initiatives such as Lock It, Remove It or Lose It, and Record It, Report It, Recover It that were spearheaded by Safestreets of Topeka.
“The citizens of Topeka should get credit for this reported crime reduction,” Miller said.
Compared to the first quarter in 2008, the overall crime in Topeka has been reduced by 5.35%. Most notably, auto thefts were down 34%. Chief Miller points out Topeka’s crime problem is theft, which accounts for 72% of all reported crime in Topeka.