Newschannel 6 facebook friends sought us out. They wanted to know why several apartment complexes on Professional Drive in Wichita Falls have a bad reputation with some. They felt the communities were getting a bad rap. Newschannel 6 is looking out for their concern. We went to the Wichita Falls Police Department to compare crime statistics and the numbers were staggering. Crime had dropped drastically at the complexes.
We compared data from the monthly averages for 2008 and data from December, 2011. Across the board the numbers were down. Sgt. Joe Snyder said its due to the complex managers participating in the Crime Free Multi Housing program, put in place in 2009. "They've made these places inviting to legitimate users and made them uninviting to the criminal element that like to sort of feast on their parking lots for burglaries and other sorts of small, petty crime," said Snyder.
The program goes beyond just making numbers drop on paper. "We've opened up a bridge of communication between the police department and the managers and the residents out there," he said.