KCPD crime-fighting strategy sees success in first year

Kansas City Police Department used a crime-prevention strategy called the risk-terrain model to target and neutralize crime magnets, a low-cost approach associated with a 24% decrease in violence in areas where it was used in its first year. The method blends data sophistication with support from other agencies and community groups to modify environmental features that make crime more likely, say a bus stop notorious for drug dealing. Researchers from Rutgers University documented the city’s savings from the crime reduction at $3 million.

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