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Feb 6, 2012 10:55 AM by AP

Crime falls in Monroe public housing

MONROE, La. (AP) - Crime in the Monroe Housing Authority's family developments fell 2.2 percent over the past year, though since 2009 is up about 9.7 percent.
The News-Star reports burglary and damage to property were the leading crimes reported.
Data provided by the authority shows crime was most prevalent at the Burg Jones Lane and Miller Square properties.
Housing Director Frank Wilcox said the authority has ramped up screening of residential applicants and will ask people to leave if they are engaging in criminal behavior or creating a nuisance.
"Anytime we see crime rising, we work with the police department and put more emphasis in that area," he said.
As for areas where crime continues to be a problem, Wilcox said the crime culture in surrounding neighborhoods sometimes can be a contributing factor.
The authority has 1,236 family units in six management areas. The authority also pays the salary of two Monroe Police Department officers to patrol its communities.
"We have meetings with our residents every month and these police hear complaints, solve problems," Wilcox said.

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