|Updated: 2/06 7:42 pm
||Published: 2/06 7:41 pm
The North Little Rock Police Department says overall crime is down, but does the public feel any safer, and how do those statistics compare to Little Rock?
North Little Rock Police say violent crime, aggravated robbery, and property crime is down. Officers credit the community for reporting crimes when they occur for the improvement in the numbers, but some people say they don't necessarily feel any safer. Raymond Wyles says there are certain places he avoids. "A safe place would be Park Hill and around Sherwood seems safe, but Rose City in my opinion has gone downhill."
North Little Rock Police Assistant Chief Mike Davis says watching for trends and problem areas helps cut crime, along with help from the community.
Assistant Chief Davis says violent crime, property crime and most recently, aggravated robbery has decreased. "We had a rash a few months ago so we started a little undercover operation the very first night that happened and were able to catch the guys who had been doing that. It was a little bit of luck and good police work at the same time."
Sgt Cassandra Davis with the Little Rock Police Department say they're also seeing a decline in violent crime, but theft is up. Little Rock Police also track crime, watch for trends, and new recruits hit the streets for patrol soon.
The goal is to be more visible, and deter crime with recently approved cameras. "Eventually we'll have at least 50 cameras at different intersections. They'll be visible to anyone and marked "police" with a blue light. Hopefully that will help with the deterrence of crime."
But Patricia Brown says safety will always be a concern for her. "I'm worried about Southwest Little Rock. It seems people are leaving and putting pressure on people who are still here. "
North Little Rock Police say the biggest issue officers face dealing with property crime is people not locking their doors. Asst. Chief Davis says that is an invitation to thieves to rob them.