One year after implementing a new set of techniques to deter break ins in areas that had seen sharp increases over the past three years, the Prairie Village Police report that burglary numbers for the city are markedly down.
Twelve full months of crime data show that, since the department enacted the Data Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) protocol, the burglary rate for the city has dropped to its lowest level since 2007.
The DDACTS method, developed in collaboration by the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, provides a framework for police departments to identify the areas where traffic and crime rates are highest. The departments then begin to enact high-visibility traffic stops and other crime prevention tactics to deter would-be criminals in the “hot spots.”
Residential burglaries began to spike in Prairie Village around the time of the financial crisis in 2008. That year, the police department recorded 88 burglaries, nearly double the 45 in 2007. Burglaries peaked in 2009 with 102, and then dropped to 80 and 67 in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Most of the break-in activity was concentrated in Ward 6, in the neighborhoods that bordered State Line Road.
Since DDACTS was implemented here in April 2011, the department has recorded 46 burglaries. In the first quarter of 2011 alone — before DDACTS was enacted — there had already been 26.
Police Chief Wes Jordan said that while the numbers are promising, it will take continued effort to keep the rates down.
“We can’t make any broad conclusions at this point,” he said. “But the evidence we see from other departments that have used this, if you stick with it and don’t let up, you can keep the rates down.”
Statistics show that Prairie Village officers have logged a total of 2,448 hours of DDACTS enforcement. During that time, they’ve made 2,881 stops, issued 1,062 verbal or written warnings, and made 118 arrests.