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Avon police report drop in crime

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Avon, CO Colorado
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AVON, Colorado ” The Avon Police Department saw a 15 percent drop in crime in 2008 compared to 2007, it said Tuesday.

The department investigated 1,438 crimes in 2007, compared to the 1,219 crimes last year. It also recorded a 26 percent decline in felony arrests filed with the District Attorney’s Office for the same time period. In 2007, the agency made 117 felony arrests, compared to the 86 felony arrests in 2008.

In addition, the agency solved 42 percent of crimes last year.

“I am very proud of the collaborative efforts between the community and the police department, which have had a tremendous effect on lowering our crime rate when other communities are experiencing increased crime,” said Chief Brian Kozak.

Kozak attributed the success to the following measures:

– Improved communication with the community due to the recent National Night Out events held in Avon.

– Citizens’ ability to report crime to the department and request extra patrols at http://www.avonpolice.org.

– Citizens’ ability to request officers to check on their home if they are away on vacation by completing a form at avon.org.

– The recently formed Volunteers in Police Service program.

– Plans to combat patterns of crime and make the officers more visible in the community.

– A partnership with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement that allows the agencies to work together to solve crimes and prevent undocumented foreign nationals who are arrested from returning to local neighborhoods.

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