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Cleaning Up Crime in Clovis

CLOVIS, NEW MEXICO - Vast differences exist in how safe you are depending on where you live but it doesn't have to be that way. Tuesday you learned ProtectAmerica.com uses FBI crime statistics to rank Clovis the least safe city in our area.

But they're also a community that's already working on a solution that could be applied to any community wanting to clean up crime. The Web site graded Clovis and based on 2008 information, but the city's annual report shows they might do better next time around. In 2009 murder has dropped 33 percent, rape - 25 percent and robbery 46 percent.

"There are a lot of things that law enforcement can do to cut crime in your area, but it cannot rest only on the backs of law enforcement," WTAMU Criminology Professor Claudia Steward said.

Steward adds the largest factor that causes crime is a poor economy. Something all of Clovis's government is working on -- bringing in thousands of new jobs through military, wind energy and other growth.

The professor also says unkept and unclean areas of town can lead to increased crime. Clovis is trying to fix that with several city and county ordinances, including getting rid of these abandoned houses.

But despite everything the city's done the professor says the best hope of changing that is for people living there to decide crime is not something to be tolerated. Attitudes people in Clovis have taken, with an increase in neighborhood watch programs and tips to police.

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