Police making progress in neighborhood despite recent crime spree

South Park neighborhood in Dayton. (WDTN Photo)
South Park neighborhood in Dayton. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton police are investigating a rash of car break-ins in the South Park neighborhood.

Police have been tracking the crime spree since Sunday night, but say crime in the neighborhood is down overall.

“People woke up to find several cars in the nieghborhood had the windows smashed out,” said Sgt. Moises Perez, Dayton Police Department.  “We’ve got a bunch of professionals that live there and they’re very active in their neighborhood. And as soon as they notice a spike, then it’s the end of the world because they’re not going to put up with that in that neighborhood.”

Officers say the spike in crime is disproportionate to the work they’ve accomplished in the area.

While they’ve been tracking a trend since October, police say criminal activity in the neighborhood is actually down by 31 percent since 2005.

“We’re really happy when we look at the numbers. It shows that it’s a safe area,” said Sgt. Perez.

Sgt. Perez attributes the decrease to the partnership they have with the reisdents.

They held a meeting with the community Monday night discussing the progress.

“These people care about the neighborhood. They actually care about the police.”

Officers say it’s a win-win.  “Yeah, it works. Problem-oriented policing does work.”

Police haven’t made any arrests, but they want to remind residents that even a dime in the ash tray is enough for thieves to smash the glass.

They also say a suction cup mark on your window from your GPS makes you a target.

Officers say the best practice is to keep doors locked and bring valuables inside.

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