More police, less crime in Shockoe

Effective crime fighting or creation of a “police state”.

The RTD is reporting that there were 48 cases of rape, homicide, robbery and aggravated assault in 2004 and in 2013 that number had dropped to 22. This year is shaping up even better with only eight reported by mid-July.

The reason cited for this decline is increased police presence and moving people over the street through aggressive street cleaning shortly after bars close. These methods aren’t appreciated by all parties.

David Prado, a salsa dance instructor, said he has promoted nightclubs in the area since 2003. He said police need to have a presence in the area, but might be going overboard in establishing what looks like “a police state.”

Tony Adams, who promotes events at concerts and bars, also objected to the large number of officers, contending their presence creates a “stigma” about the area that could deter people from patronizing businesses.

Image: Will Weaver

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Richard Hayes

When Richard isn’t rounding up neighborhood news, he’s likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest craft beer.

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