Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:18 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:18:45 GMT
Authorities said a 15-year-old girl may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old girl dead Monday afternoon. The crash happened onMore >>
Authorities said a 15-year-old may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old dead.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:48:15 GMT
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.A witness told police that the four girls, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, had been in the same dirtyMore >>
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:38 GMT
A widespread power outage has affected a large portion of Ascension Parish. Small portions of neighboring parishes are also affected. As of 5:40 p.m., the Entergy website reported 20,981 homes andMore >>
A widespread power outage affected a large portion of Ascension Parish and part of EBR Parish Monday. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:42 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:42:15 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
A successful year for the Montgomery Police Department as crime decreased more than 14% in 2012. It's the lowest the department has seen in 20 years.
But leaders say it could be lower.
"The green areas are precincts and districts that have shown a reduction in crime," says Police Chief, Kevin Murphy.
Maps like this are produced for the police department each day. They show where crime occurred so officers can pinpoint trends and know where to better position their resources.
"We compare last year to this year and the previous week to this week," adds Murphy.
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While the reports used to be paper only, they're now electronic, making crime fighting efforts faster, too.
"We sped up the process, we've saved money by not having to print so much, we've become a lot more efficient."
Just having data at their fingertips is one tool helping the police department attack crime hot spots--like neighborhoods where burglars might be targeting multiple homes.
"We're here. We want to be even lower," says Murphy.
How does that happen? Murphy says even the best officers can't do it alone and need your eyes and ears.
"Are we talking to our citizens, our neighbors?"
One area of crime that did see an increase last year is domestic violence.
Leaders say that's because the law now allows officers to arrest for offenses like suffocation, and interfering with a 911 emergency call.
Also, the new One Place Family Justice Center for victims of domestic violence could be prompting more people to come forward.
Police say the best way to fight crime in your neighborhood is be a part of a community watch group. If your neighborhood doesn't have one, call the police department to find out how to start one.