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7/25/06-Tyler

Police Release Numbers Of Calls For Help From Apartments

The Tyler Police Deparment has released a report listing the number calls for police service from apartment complexes. 

Overall, calls for service in the first six months of this year were down 5.3 percent from the second half of 2005.  The report is public record, issued twice a year by Tyler Police.

It has details on every apartment complex in Tyler. Of prime interest is the number of calls per unit -- the rate of response that you can judge. Those with the most calls per unit are not clustered in one area.

Police were called at the highest rate to Tyler Courts on West Erwin at a rate of more than a call per apartment unit, followed by Pine Creek Townhomes on South Broadway, Waterford Park on Paluxy, Grand Manor on North Grand, and Town Parc on the West Northwest Loop 323.

Conversely, there were six units with the fewest calls for service, with a rate of less than one call for every ten apartments in the last six months. Broadway 428 near Downtown only has 12 units, but there were no calls for police response.  Also there very few calls from Raintree Village, Towne Oaks Townhomes, Plantation Pines, also Park Place and Wedgewood, and Hunters Glen.

Analysis of the numbers reveals many apartments saw fewer calls per residence, while others had several times the amount from last year.

Villa Milano on West Houston, and Cedar Trails on McDonald Road saw the rate of police response drop by more than half from last year.  But Towne Oaks Apartments on Old Bullard saw a jump of 180 percent since just last year. 

We were unable to reach a manager, but a resident told us off-camera that he hasn't heard of any problems and Town Oaks East is very safe. It is important to note that Town Oaks East, even though they have had a significant increase in the number of calls to police, they still have a lower rate of calls to law enforcement than most of the other apartment complexes in town.

Aspen Place and Fox Run are on the South-southeast Loop and had significant jumps in police response. Management at Aspen Place said they couldn't comment, but at Fox Run, manager Vickie Lalonde said she wasn't surprised at all.  She said the increase in numbers stems from their crime watch program, and that her residents are encouraged to no longer wait to call police when they see a problem.

Police make these numbers available every six months, a look into what is happening around your home.

It is important to remember, Tyler Police only compiles calls for police service and police reports filed from complexes, not an actual rate of crime.

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