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Community policing effort aims to prevent crimes near KU Med

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Officers in KCK are teaming up with residents to crack down on crime.

The KCK Police Department is hosting meet-and-greet events across the city to talk with residents about issues.

Community police officers went door to door on Wednesday warning residents about a spike in car thefts and break ins. Officers handed out fliers giving residents tips for how to avoid becoming a victim of the crimes.

The area targeted by Officer Steve Kopps and others was near 45th and Francis streets. This area is near the University of Kansas Hospital.

KCK resident Keith Brown said his wife's vehicle was broken into. The thief took a jar of change.

Clare Shaw said it's important for residents to alert each other.

"If anyone sees anything suspicious, we can let each other know," Shaw said. "We can let our community police officer know, and he can communicate with us what to be aware of or look out for."

Master Sgt. Darryl Moore said residents are an invaluable tool for preventing crime and educating about trends and problems.

"It's very important that they are kept in the loop," he said. "they can help a lot in getting the word out."

A meet-and-greet event will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Argentine Community Center, 2810 Metropolitan Ave.

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