Residential burglaries down significantly for 2012, show PVPD statistics

Residential burglaries — a crime category that had remained persistently high in Prairie Village in recent years — is down markedly in 2012, according to figures released by the Prairie Village Police Department.

Crime statistics through the third quarter of the year show there have been 28 residential burglaries in the city so far — a rate that puts the city on pace for roughly 37 total residential burglaries in 2012.

In 2011, there were 51 residential burglaries in Prairie Village. In 2009 and 2010 the numbers were 52 and 45, respectively.

Police chief Wes Jordan told the City Council Monday that he was pleased with the figures, though the department would continue to target crime reduction. Since launching an initiative to increase police visibility in the pockets of the city where crime rates were highest, burglaries have been on the decline.

Burglaries in Mission Hills, however, have shown an increase — though the sample size is much smaller. There were two residential burglaries in Mission Hills in 2011. There have been five residential burglaries in Mission Hills through three quarters of 2012. The Prairie Village police department provides law enforcement services to Mission Hills as well as Prairie Village.