Prairie Village crime falls to 7-year low

Prairie Village police investigators pulled their weapons as they swept a previously unchecked garage during their investigation after a September burglary that led to the arrest of three men.
Prairie Village police investigators pulled their weapons as they swept a previously unchecked garage during their investigation after a September burglary that led to the arrest of three men.

Prairie Village police statisticians didn’t have much to add up when compiling their final crime tally for 2014.

The department’s final crime report finds that 2014 saw the fewest number of reported crimes in the city since 2007. What’s more, residential burglaries — which had spiked to unprecedented highs in the early years of the decade — were at their lowest level since 2000, when the department started keeping statistics with its current categories.

The department responded to a total of 428 crime calls in 2014, approximately 127 fewer than the five-year average. In 2010, when crime reached its recent peak, the department had 764 reported crimes, 68 of which were residential burglaries. In 2014, there were just 26 reported residential burglaries.

Police Chief Wes Jordan said he was hesitant to attribute the drop in crime to any specific tactics that the department was employing — just as he was hesitant to attribute the higher crime rates a few years ago to the department’s actions.

“Sometimes crime goes in cycles,” he said. “Sometime we have peaks and valleys without explanation, despite a lot of hard work. In 2010, we were in one of those spikes.”

Jordan did note that the department had ushered in a number of “quality arrests” of residential burglars that may have helped drive that number down.

The crime statistics weren’t all sunny, though. Prairie Village provides police services to Mission Hills, and the final numbers in that city showed a fairly significant jump in crime. There were 85 reported crimes in Mission Hills in 2014, up from 56 the previous year and nearly 16 crimes above the five-year average.

The final crime reports for both cities are embedded below.

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