As Summer Heats Up, Crime Remains Cool

By Heather Hubbs, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - As summer heats up, crime remains cool in Cedar Rapids. Police have investigated 17 shots fired incidents so far this year. Last year at this time Cedar Rapids Police had investigated 26. Cedar Rapids Police see this as a big victory in the war on crime, calling it a significant drop.

Now is the time police typically see a big increase in crime, but several factors are helping keep numbers down. Cooler temperatures and rainy weather are keeping criminals off the streets.
Police are also getting more reports of criminal activity from citizens which is helping them stop incidents before they start. A third factor, CRPD started what they call a "gun crime reduction initiative" at the start of this year to try and get illegal guns off the streets. They say that program has been very successful.

"Just the patrol division alone has recovered 42 guns from different individuals off the streets. That's through traffic stops, subject stops, K-9 searches," said Sgt. Cristy Hamblin, CRPD.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is also working to grow partnerships with other law enforcement agencies and neighborhood watch groups to help cut crime even further.

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