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Crime Decreasing in the Southwest Side of Roanoke

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From property crimes to violent crimes, the rates have gone down since 2005 in the west part of Roanoke City.

From 2005 to 2012, the violent crimes rate dropped 65, the property crimes rate dropped nearly 40 percent, and the rate of both combined dropped more than 40 percent.

  Violent Crime Property Crime Total
2005 161 1098 1259
2006 170 910 1080
2007 140 756 896
2008 105 749 854
2009 92 787 879
2010 91 771 862
2011 77 791 868
2012 61 686 747
Avg. 85.2 756.8 842
Wtd. Avg 78.33 748.67 827
2013 56 666 722
8 yr Change -65.22% -39.34% -42.65%

Lieutenant Daniel Hartman with Roanoke City Police, who has worked in this neighborhood for nearly 20 years, says all these developments have decreased crime, too.

"We've actually made I would say a significant headway on crime in the neighborhood," Hartman says. "We've spent a lot of years developing community partnerships."

What they've done for the past couple of years shows in the lower crime numbers. Police say neighborhood meetings and the DMI program in Hurt Park improved the area, allowing people to address concerns directly to police.

"By knowing potential times and dates and locations of where crimes would occur, we can put the officers out in those areas prior to something occurring," Hartman says.