Roanoke city police have made an effort in helping neighbors through programs like the Melrose Drug Market Initiative known as DMI. Deputy Chief Tim Jones says these programs help build a relationship with the community and law enforcement.
"I think folks in the last five years are far more receptive to contacting law enforcement and sharing information," says Deputy Chief Jones.
And in sharing information, its helped police in their investigations. We contacted city police and found out they've seen a decrease of more than 20% in the total number of violent crimes from the past five years. That includes rapes, robberies, and domestic aggravated assaults.
We checked in to see what it meant in numbers. From January to the end of August this year, we saw 307 violent crimes in the city. That's lower than what we saw around the same time in 2008 with 503 violent crimes.
But in that group, two crimes have increased which is commercial robberies and rape. Deputy Chief Jones says it's something that they're hoping to see go down letting neighbors know that they're available.
"I don't want anybody or business owner to think that well they're too busy cause that maybe the one tip or the one link we need to clear a series of crimes," says Deputy Chief Jones.