Effort to keep crime rate down in White Plains as city continues to grow
Officials are working to ensure that as the city grows the crime rate does not.
Construction cranes are a familiar site in White Plains. With new buildings going up and the city growing, efforts are being made to keep the crime rate down. The commissioner of the Department of Public Safety says crime in White Plains has dropped 14 percent in the past year. Although overall crime is down, homicides, rapes, robberies and burglaries are up slightly.
The city credits the decrease in the crime rate to its reorganization of the police department. And according to the public safety commissioner, crime analysis is used to compare statistics so that resources can be moved around.
But like in other cities, fear of crime remains real. One woman says she worries about shopping at the Galleria Mall because of incidents that have happened there in the past.
The police department continues its efforts to make the streets of White Plains safer. Ten new police officers are expected to join the force over the next year.