A Conway program that’s taking aim on crime from the ends of backhoes and cement mixers is showing results in reduced crime statistics and better-looking neighborhoods.
Overall, crime dropped between 28.3 percent and 61.2 percent in three targeted neighborhoods in the year following July 1, 2009, according to statistics from the Conway Police Department, with just one category, breaking and entering, showing a 2 percent increase in one of the neighborhoods.
The neighborhoods – Taylor Square, Mayfair and Sugar Hill – have been the focus of a three-year-old program called Rebuild Conway that directed cleanup, outreach and rebuilding efforts at them. Last fiscal year, the city budgeted $240,950 in city money and federal grants for the program but has not yet spent it all. In the current fiscal year, the funding has dropped to just $31,125 because of the reduction of available money from both sources.
“There was so little money to go around this year,” Conway Mayor Alys Lawson said.