Neighborhood Involvement Does Help Reduce Area Crime

Here’s a great example of how neighbors watching out for their community can make a difference. Last Thursday, when a neighbor noticed that a group of men were entering a building that was being renovated late in the evening, they called 911 to alert MPD. The questionable subjects were entering the building from the alley.

Below is MPD’s description of the call for service shared on the 4D listserv on Friday:

Fourth District units responded to the 600 block of Rock Creek Church Road NW just before 10:30 pm, regarding a call for subjects entering an unoccupied residence under renovation.  Officers arrived on the scene and discovered 5 individuals inside the location, officers also recovered a .25 caliber handgun from the scene.  5 individuals were arrested and charged accordingly, and another gun has been taken off the streets of the city!

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3 Comments on “Neighborhood Involvement Does Help Reduce Area Crime”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I don’t disagree with this, but I think MPD has become too reliant on residents. I’ve seen neighbors put their own safety at risk either by calling the police (criminals know who calls) or putting themselves in harm’s way only to have MPD drop the ball. I’ve seen so many unforced errors and outright lying by MPD 4 it’s unbelievable.

    This respond/react strategy of using residents as police is not safe. It’s also not our job. Where are the proactive investigations? We need VICE back in each district. They also need to focus more on quality of life crimes. MPD claims crime is down, but it literally depends on what block you live and how they classify (or downgrade) crimes when they happen. Officers know how to cook the books to show positive stats and when that is all they are judged on, I don’t blame them. But it’s wrong. And it gives elected officials a false sense of public safety and what is actually happening.

    • Cliff Says:

      I agree with this statement whole-heartedly. Crime is down because they intentionally disbanded those investigative units, and are relying in residents to fight crime.

      • Anonymous Says:

        Why is this not talked about more by the media? It’s so valid. I’ve even seen MPD find illegal activity and fail to arrest anyone. If no report is filed, nothing happened.

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