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Policing places with 'place based policing'

AVONDALE, Ohio (Deb Dixon) -- "Policing a place is sometimes more effective than policing people," said Cincinnati Police Captain Maris Harold.

She was talking about 'place based policing.'  The project started with following crime data that often lead to a place, an apartment or home, where bad people hang out and hide. 

Captain Harold said, "Once you start peeling back the onion, disentangling the issues and the data what you find is one address that is causing crime in a hot spot."

After a daytime shoot out on Carplin Place in Avondale, a place based policing project headed there.  The shooting that left two men dead was about gangs, but Captain Harold also believed it was about the places that let the gangs hang out around them.

It was the same project that was successful in an apartment building on Reading Road where a 14-year-old girl was accidentally shot to death in March.  Data showed more crime around the Ponciana Apartments than any place else in the city.  Police partnered with the landlord who got private security and that was just the beginning.

"We changed the perception and changed the tenants.  We started an eviction process of three to four women who allowed gangs to take over the property," said Harold.

Mother of two, Lakeyda Woody, said it has been safe, quiet and peaceful and now the children can go out and play.  It's been a relief, a big relief.

In the past 100 days there has been one violent crime at the Ponciana.

Outside the apartment new planters of colorful flowers symbolized change inside and out of the community.

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