Crime reports drop 11 percent in 2011

If you’ve watched local news or read a newspaper lately, you might believe that crime is on the rise in Cooper-Young.

Here are the facts: Crime was down 11.5 percent in CY in 2011, according to year-end statistics of reported incidents released by MPD.

Residential burglary calls declined by 34 percent, from 58 reported incidents in 2010 to 38 in 2011. Business burglary calls were down by 65 percent (from 14 incidents to 5) and theft from motor vehicle calls declined 23 percent (from 30 incidents to 23) during the same period.

CY saw four reported aggravated assaults in 2011, just one more than the year before.

The only category that showed a major increase was “Other Theft/Non-Specific,” which jumped from 26 incidents to 50. MPD spokeswoman Sgt. Karen Rudolph said these cases include thefts of items from yards and gas station drive-offs, among other incidents.

A driveway robbery and shooting in October preceded a community meeting on crime prevention in December with Mayor AC Wharton—a nearby resident—and representatives from the Memphis Police Department. That was followed in January by a late-night robbery attempt in a parking lot that left a man shot. Both victims suffered non-critical injuries and recovered.

The activity drew the attention of the TV cameras and news choppers. MPD stationed a SkyCop unit, a mobile camera with a flashing blue light, at the corner of Cooper and Young to keep an eye on things after dark.

Rudolph said there is no set timeline on how long the SkyCop will be stationed in the neighborhood. • By David Royer

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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