As Housing Booms, Burglaries Drop in Marcy-Holmes
New developments in one Minneapolis neighborhood may be deterring burglars.
In 2011, burglaries were a significant problem in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood with 192 reported for the year. But police say they've seen a dramatic drop, with 151 occurring in 2012.
Police credit several factors, including increased patrols. But they also say new luxury apartment buildings have helped. Sgt. Steve McCarty of the Minneapolis Police Department explained, "with these newer properties there's more people around and maybe a little less likely for a crime to occur." Aside from the traffic, newer buildings bring other helpful features which Sgt. McCarty named including lighting, surveillance cameras, and security guards.
Residents say they've noticed the difference. Georgia Lucas told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS "just the idea of there being new development in the area is adding a nicer feel to the area. It doesn't feel rundown or sketchy." James Cromar commented "just having more people in the neighborhood and more students around the same age keeps a more community feel."
Minneapolis police are careful to point out that while burglaries and other crimes have decreased, there has been an increase in thefts from bars and parties.