TOPEKA – The City of Topeka and the Topeka Police Department would like to announce a crime-fighting initiative, and invite members of the public to get involved. The Topeka Police Department has entered into an agreement with Electronic Tracking SystemsSM (ETS) to provide the tools, technology, and training necessary to reduce property crime in Topeka. The City of Topeka is the first in the nation to adopt a proactive program of this size and scope, and can be a blueprint for success.
Property crimes and robberies occur at an unacceptable rate in our community, and present a constant, reoccurring, and expensive threat to our City and its economy. During the past several years, community activism has helped reduce these crimes, and while the statistics have slowly improved, we have more work to do.
In 2012, the City of Topeka saw 6,817 property crimes (auto theft, burglary, copper, pharmaceutical and construction material thefts, etc.). Each crime can cost the community from $7,500 to $21,000 on average. The most conservative estimate, $7,500 per crime, reveals a potential cost to our community of more $51 million, and a significant amount of this crime is preventable.
Working with the Property Crime Reduction Program facilitator, ETS, the Topeka Police Department will strive to achieve the following results, because a reduction in crime equals an increase in property value, retail value, and general wellbeing of the community.
* Increase gross municipal product.
* Increase housing values.
* Increase commercial development/values.
* Increase tax base and revenues.
* Create a safer place for citizens to work, play, and live.
It will take community involvement to generate the funds to implement and support a program of this scope. Many members of our community have been directly affected by this type of crime and understand the personal nature and expense of property crime. Together we can make a difference.