Burnsville’s latest internal crime statistics report (as of March 2010) suggests crime in March has gone down in Burnsville 2009 and 2010. As I’m always critical of the poor funding the mayor and several members of the Burnsville City Council passed for the Burnsville Police Department I figure I better point out when they are doing their jobs even when it’s made extremely difficult for them. But while a good bit of serious crime is shown as falling, some others are rearing their ugly heads again.
Almost exactly two years ago Burnsville was touting its increased patrolling of local hotels in an attempt to curb prostitution in local hotels. Well after a year it appears that Burnsville needs to get back out there and do it all over again:
With a 900% rise (10 incidents in 2010 vs 1 in 2009) it appears that the focus has shifted from busting street walkers in the Mayor’s backyard to busting hookers and their accomplices in local hotels.
With their efforts obviously working back in 2008 and early 2009 you have to wonder how much the city-wide budget cuts due to the City Council’s need to fund the BPAC (with some in Burnsville’s Finance Department expecting an 8% rise in taxes to cover it–something which the mayor will have to explain) have kneecapped the ability of the police department to effectively do their jobs. Was it just luck that they only had one particular type of crime jump this high or has the Burnsville PD been able to effectively adjust and operate well under their new financial circumstances?
Are you pleased with this report? Does it really show that crime is on its way down in Burnsville or do you believe it’s nothing more than playing with the numbers at the Mayor’s request? Are you concerned with prostitution as much as say the 28% rise in home burglary? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say!