Quarterly reports show drop in Topeka crime rates

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At a quarterly crime briefing Wednesday, the Topeka Police Department presented crime rates for the quarter of January through March, 2013.

Overall violent crime rates dropped 30% compared to this time last year and property crime rates dropped about 10%.

Police Chief Ron Miller says he’s “cautiously optimistic” about these numbers. He says they are lower than past months and even years, but our long winter could have something to do with it.

Miller says property crime or theft remains the top issue for the city. It’s something he plans to tackle for next quarter.

“We have an initiative underway that we’re going to start in the second quarter with our electronic tracking system in our property crime reduction effort, to try to see what we can do to keep to reduce property crime even further,” Miller says.

He adds with the warm weather coming up, it’s usually a time of the year for an increase in thefts. He warns people to be more aware of their property, and if you’re not in your home or car, keep the windows closed. He says be aware of your surroundings so you’re not an easy target.

Some areas where the city improved significantly include vehicle break ins, building theft and shoplifting. Reports show crimes that went up include business robberies, auto theft and arson.

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