TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Topeka Police say they've developed a strategic plan to stop violent crimes. The numbers are up in Topeka compared to this time last year.
Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller says 10 percent of crime in Topeka happens in and 11 block area in Central Topeka, what he calls "the box," an area he says the force will focus on to reduce rising violent crime numbers.
"The Box" is in Councilwoman Karen Hiller's district, from SW 6th to 17th Streets, and from Topeka Boulevard to Washburn Avenue.
Miller says much of the crime there involves gang affiliation, criminal enterprise, street crimes and break ins. He says the force will target known offenders and problem houses in the area, and work with community groups to fight crime.
Overall in Topeka, violent crimes are up 89 occurrences from this time last year. Aggravated assaults and batteries are up 88.
The good news is that property crime has dropped 117 occurrences from this time last year. Miller says the downward trend is thanks to citizens securing their property, which is just one of many efforts he says Topeka must deploy for a safer Capital City.
"It's gonna take more police personnel, more strategies, community involvement, reporting crime, preventing crime, not to be a victim, being aware of your surroundings," Miller said.
Miller says it takes more to do more. The Topeka City Council provided funding to hire 20 more officers, that will enable the force to start their strategies in "the box." He says he'll keep pushing for more funding.