Small Town Sees Big Drop in Crime

KENOVA, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One small town has been fighting against crime and now it’s paying off.

Kenova Police Chief Ray Mossman says he has seen a 60 percent drop in reported crimes since this time last year.

“We attribute it to the increased patrols that we’ve been doing,” Mossman said. “We’ve got the officers out away from the station and they’re out into the field. I think their presence, the take-home (patrol) cars, all of those things help with the police being in the community.”

Mossman says the community has played a big role in the crime rate drop, as well.

“We use Facebook quite a lot and the community responds to us,” Mossman said. “They give us tips constantly. The community’s stepping up to help us.”

Mossman says Kenova’s Drug Task Force has probably helped, too, because where there are drugs, other crimes usually follow.

"We're fighting drugs, we're going to win that war,” Mossman said. “Also the crime, everything that we’re doing, were seeing results from. It takes time, but you have to be out there and be proactive and be on the streets.”

One Kenova resident says he can tell that the police are working hard to keep crime out of their town.

“I think they’re doing an excellent job,” Santos Ventura said. “I have seen their presence out a little more than normal and just by having the presence it can deter drug activity. People are more afraid to do crime if they see more police roaming or cruising around.”

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