On its opinion page, The Commercial Appeal endorses Safeways.
The Commercial Appeal reports that elected officials learn that crime decreased significantly in the past year at 15 apartment complexes.
Julaine Harris explains the Safeways difference in the wake of a lawsuit against an apartment company.
Local leaders found a new way to keep families living in crime-ridden apartment complexes safe.
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.
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.
Mayor A C Wharton and several other city mayors met with President Obama this week to discuss the problems surrounding youth crime in inner city neighborhoods. Wharton singled out the Safeways program as part of the solution.
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.