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Compared to similar cities, Lawrence property-crime rate above average

August 15, 2011


Lawrence had a higher rate of property crimes in 2010 than average when compared with 27 other similar communities nationwide, according to the Benchmark City Survey.

Police also had a lower clearance rate in most areas than the average in solving property crimes.

Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib, who was promoted to the top job in February, said the numbers and the city’s overall crime rate were part of the reason why he asked city commissioners for more resources, mainly more patrol officer positions.

“I think we do a very, very good job with the big cases, the robberies, the shootings, and we do a very, very good job with event management, like parades, games, other types of service expectations,” Khatib said. “But sometimes I feel we lose the middle ground, and the middle ground is the everyday burglary, the nuisance stuff that affects most people as far as quality of life.”

The Lawrence City Commission as part of its 2012 budget recently approved four new patrol officer positions. Khatib said he believes that was “a good start” but he would like to see the department over time be able to add about 30 more positions, including more patrol officers and crime analysts.

He said the department has made an effort to conduct special operations, like patrols to prevent crimes, including property crimes, but with the department’s current call load, that’s not feasible.

In the Benchmark City Survey, Lawrence was found to be above average in the number of calls for service per 1,000 residents (599.9) and calls for service per officer (370.2).

“There’s always something to do to be proactive, but we can’t staff that full-time,” Khatib said. “But certainly we try to do it at least some of the time with as much flexibility as we have. We make attempts to do it.”

Here is how Lawrence compared in property crimes categories in the 2010 Benchmark City Survey, which includes numbers from 28 cities across the country:

Burglaries per 1,000 residents

• Lawrence: 5.7 (20th)

• Average: 5.5

• Lowest: Naperville, Ill., 1.6

• Highest: Springfield, Mo., 13.7

Fraud and forgeries

per 1,000 residents

• Lawrence: 12.5 (27th)

• Average: 4.4

• Lowest: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 0.6

• Highest: Lawrence. Springfield, Mo., did not track these.

Auto theft per 1,000 residents

• Lawrence: 1.8 (17th)

• Average: 2.1

• Lowest: Naperville, Ill., 0.4

• Highest: Springfield, Mo., 6.3

Auto burglaries

per 1,000 residents

• Lawrence: 10.4 (21st)

• Average: 8.5

• Lowest: Henderson, Nev., 3.6

• Highest: Springfield, Mo., 25.2

Thefts per 1,000 residents

• Lawrence: 22.0 (26th)

• Average: 15.1

• Lowest: Fremont, Calif., 5.9

• Highest: Springfield, Mo., 50.2

Vandalism per 1,000 residents

• Lawrence: 13.7 (23rd)

• Average: 8.1

• Lowest: Coral Springs, Fla., 1.6

• Highest: Lincoln, Neb., 17.0

Clearance rate for

property crimes

• Lawrence: 14.9 percent (25th)

• Average: 20.9 percent

• Best rate: Overland Park, 34.8 percent

• Worst rate: Broken Arrow, Okla., 5.6 percent.


smitty 6 years, 1 month ago

• Worst rate: Broken Arrow, Okla., 5.6 percent. Try best rate JW (Editorial comment) is incorrect.

Adrienne Sanders 6 years, 1 month ago

You might want to reread that. It says "Clearance rate for property crimes". Solving crimes is a good thing that people want more of.

KEITHMILES05 6 years, 1 month ago

Lawrence doing a nice job raising their own felons.

57chevy 6 years, 1 month ago

The police don't really have any interest in solving property crimes. They are too busy sucking at the federal teat to get funding for their drug crimes division and their drunken driving van. Now they are funding their armoured car to be ready to repsond to civil unrest. I wonder why they think that might be coming? How about a police force that spends less time on revenue generation and crimes of the individual on themselves and more time on crimes of one citizen upon the other? NOTE: corporations are not citizens, so I'm pretty sure that stealing my lawn mower is a far greater affront to a free society than is shoplifting at wal-mart. As a second consideration, how abot a new county attorney that actually punishes people for crimes against their fellow citizens, like hit-and-run driving causing death as well as burglary? I promise to vote for anybody willing to take care of my fellow citizens, how about you?

MarcoPogo 6 years, 1 month ago

Why did I know this post would be in here before I even clicked the link?

MarcoPogo 6 years, 1 month ago

I acknowledge no such frame up. The truth is that I don't care about the YH story at all.

50YearResident 6 years, 1 month ago

I'm not moving to Springfield anytime soon.

Jamminalive 6 years, 1 month ago

What I don't understand is how police can stop a giant crime scene and still think that these people are the only ones we need to look out for...I mean I don't understand why race and income has so much to do with anything...totally gay..

Richard Heckler 6 years, 1 month ago

The hidden cost of growth = more crime and expanded law enforcement budgets = higher taxes.

More patrol cars and officers cannot improve this situation. A crime is not a crime until the crime has been committed.

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