Police to step up patrols in Cooper-Young

Memphis Police say they will increase patrols in Cooper-Young after reports of a recent rash of burglaries.

WREG Channel 3 aired a story Aug. 27 regarding burglaries in Midtown, specifically mentioning two on South Cox Street. We have been in contact with Colonel Houston of the Memphis Police Department and wanted to provide you with some additional information and ways you can help us curb these incidents.

This year we have had 33 burglaries from Jan. 1 to Aug. 26. Over the same period in 2012, we had 29, four less than this year.

The Cooper-Young Community Association has been in contact with some of the affected residents of South Cox Street. We have been working closely with these residents to track burglary trends such as time of day of incidents and means of entry and develop a strategy to address some of these trends with the help of fellow residents and support from the MPD.

We ask that if your home is broken into or you know of a break in on your block please notify the MPD first and but then notify us so we can also be in the loop and assist if needed. We work very closely with the MPD but they cannot notify us of each individual incident. That is where you as a resident can be of great help.

In regard to immediately helping curb local burglaries, Col. Houston has notified us that there will be increased patrols in Cooper-Young.

We ask that if you notice anything suspicious, please err on the side of caution and call 545-COPS and report it. Although we have not heard of many incidents of “casing” as stated in the report, your first line of defense is to be highly aware of your surroundings. If you notice a car parked on your street with someone sitting it in for a prolonged amount of time or someone who doesn’t live on your block circling on a bicycle or in a car, call 545-COPS.

– Cooper-Young Community Association

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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