Memphis Fast Forward highlights Safeways: 3,353 Apartment Units Safer Thanks to Safeways, Inc.

Apartment communities can become criminal hotbeds right before residents’ eyes, with activities ranging from drug trafficking to aggravated assaults and gun violence. Thanks to Safeways — a flagship initiative of Operation: Safe Community — that tide is turning at 15 local apartment communities representing 3,353 units.

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The Commercial Appeal editorial cites Safeways as important to a safer community

With news reports on Monday outlining a particularly bloody weekend in Memphis, a lot of Shelby County residents would be hard pressed to believe progress is being made on crime reduction.

But thanks to a seven-year-old collaborative effort by city, county, state and federal officials, along with the private sector, crime rates have dropped.

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Safe in Memphis: Crime maps add context, perspective

I asked Dr. Richard Janikowski whether crime in Memphis is concentrated or pervasive. He began to tell me, then he pulled out a map. “Let me show you,” the retiring University of Memphis criminologist said as he handed me a color-coded map of reported aggravated assaults (non-domestic) in Shelby County from January-August 2012.

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