HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – As part of their annual Community Initiative the Huntsville Police Department wanted to reduce the number of thefts, burglaries, and vehicle break-ins in the Blossomwood neighborhood by 20% in 2014. Only halfway through the year, they have far surpassed their goal.
According to police, so far burglaries are down 40%, thefts by 58% ,and vehicle break-ins by 50%.
“We hope to continue with the success we’re having right now,” said Officer Marcus Hendrix, of the South Precinct in charge of the initiative.
Hendrix credits the success to community members who have a vested interest in the neighborhood’s safety.
A similar effort is taking place across town on Golf Road, where Hendrix says they are targeting any and all crime, rather than a few specific areas. Because of this police do not know yet if their efforts on Golf Road are a success.
Hendrix says communities with home-owners are where they have seen the most success in the past, as opposed to neighborhoods with high-traffic apartment complexes.
The Blossomwood and Golf Road initiatives ends in December. Huntsville Police have not determined what neighborhoods will be targeted for the Community Initiative in 2015.