Police Say Old Town Safe, Despite Deadly Shooting

By: Alicia Myers Email
By: Alicia Myers Email
Since a deadly shooting, business owners in the district continue to fight misconceptions that Old Town is a dangerous place to be.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

An early morning shooting in Old Town on March 10, left one dead and several others injured.

Since that day, business owners in the district continue to fight misconceptions that Old Town is a dangerous place to be.

"This is the place to be in Wichita, and there's no reason anyone should have that perception," said Michael Lacey, Doc Howard's manager.

Wichita Police proving that point Wednesday, during a neighborhood informational meeting.

"We looked at aggravated assaults, and larcenies and all types of minor and major crimes," said Deputy Chief Tom Stolz, Wichita Police.

When compared to other areas of Wichita, police say crime rates in Old Town are average.

In fact, trends show crimes in the district usually spike Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, between midnight and 2 AM.

"By and large, this area is extremely safe, as safe as anywhere else in the city," said Deputy Chief Stolz.

Only one crime stands out above the rest in old town, police say it's larceny from autos.

They say it is especially bad in Old Town, and in other full parking lots in the city, because many people are leaving personal belongings like purses in plain sight in their car.

"When they come to Old Town, put your purses or your laptops or your billfolds in the trunk of your car, or take them into the club with you, or the business," said Deputy Chief Stolz.

As long as you protect yourself, and your belongings, police say you will be safe.

As for the March 10 shooting, police and businesses say it's not a reason to stay home. It was a random incident that could have occurred anywhere.

"It was a rogue incident, and very unusual. Statistics showed that. We're hoping that people will come back down to Old Town and realize that this is one of the best places to go," said Lacey.

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