CID crime prevention efforts paying off

The Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District released annual crime statistics Wednesday, Jan. 14, showing the lowest levels of targeted crimes since the CID’s formation in 2008. Statistics from 2014, provided by the Gwinnett County Police Department, indicate a decline in total robberies, commercial burglary and motor vehicle thefts by 37 percent, 14 percent and 46 percent respectively when compared to 2013.

In 2007, the Gwinnett Village CID initiated a Targeted Enforcement Zone (TEZ) program to provide additional security for commercial properties in the district. The program includes consistent graffiti and litter removal, code violation sweeps, private security patrols, and additional Norcross police patrols, all funded by the CID.

The CID is also in constant coordination with the Gwinnett County Police Department through the Westside Police Precinct. Since the inception of the TEZ program, from 2007 through 2014, total robberies are down 65 percent, total commercial burglaries have dropped 55 percent and motor vehicle thefts have declined by 71 percent.