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Property Crimes Down in Wichita Falls

Property crimes are down in Wichita Falls and as we found out the WFPD is saying the change is thanks to a new way of doing their jobs.
Property crimes are down in Wichita Falls and as we found out the WFPD is saying the change is thanks to a new way of doing their jobs.

Sgt. John Spragins says the number of burglaries and thefts went down by a few hundred from 2012 to 2013.

He says it's thanks, in part, to the departments intel based method of policing that was implemented two years ago.

Wichita Falls Police Department officials say their new intel based system of policing seems to be making difference in the city.

“We put a lot of focus on that, there's a lot of focusing on how they change their shifts up or our special assignments to hot spots within the city that we were seeing a lot of crime so we could dedicate a lot of time, different officers to the different areas, put these bad guys in jail,” says Sgt. Spragins.

He says the new process has all the information about a crime flowing into one source, taking all the intelligence gathered and organizing it in a way that makes it easier to catch offenders.

“I give a lot of the credit to patrol officers with the backing of the intel guys are feeding them stuff and obliviously our detectives are feeding them stuff,” says Sgt. Spragins.

He says team work is a big aspect of the method, and changing patrol officers shifts has made it easier to stop criminals by tracking their history.

“We're pinpointing people in different areas, even if an officer stops someone and talks to them in a certain area, we might not catch that person, involved in the crime that time, but we document those things,” says  Sgt. Spragins.

Sergeant Spargins says that's brought down the property crime rate.

From 2012 to 2013, data shows burglaries went from 12,060 to 995

And thefts went down from about 35,000 to 32,000.

A difference of about 300 less crimes in each category.





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