Reduce Major Property Crime
The Memphis Police Department (MPD) uses a variety of best-practice policing tools to fight crime, including a proactive, predictive policing initiative called Operation Blue CRUSH. With Blue CRUSH, the MPD uses data about past crimes to identify potential and emerging “hot spots” so that it can deploy officers more effectively in the field and respond more quickly to upticks in incidents. Our Real Time Crime Center collects incident information as it’s happening and monitors more than 500 cameras around the city that are placed in known hot spots. By improving the flow of information and getting it quickly into officers’ hands, the Real Time Crime Center enables the MPD to deter more crime, respond faster to crimes that happen, and increase the speed with which they apprehend suspects. For the purposes of this measurement, we use the FBI's Part 1 crime classification to define "major property crime," which includes burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft.
Memphians have a continuing role in helping to reduce crime through the city’s Neighborhood Watch Program. This program has shown that citizens help in the reduction of local crime by being vigilant and partnering with local law enforcement to address the crime related issues and economic challenges within their community. As a complement to Neighborhood Watch, the Memphis Police Department operates the Community Outreach Program (COP) that puts a concentration of police officers in neighborhoods where crime is high in order to keep the peace and build trust between residents and police.
To create a Neighborhood Watch group, call your local Memphis Police Department precinct and speak with the Neighborhood Watch coordinator. The coordinator will take down your information and let you know what needs to be done to organize the neighborhood watch.