MILWAUKEE -- A new, volunteer-led effort seeks to prevent crime in Walker's Point.
It's called the Walker's Point Safety Network and it was created in May after a series of meetings between police and community stakeholders earlier this year.
Harvey Kurtz, one of the volunteer leaders of the safety network, said crimes in Walker's Point primarily consist of vandalism like cars being damaged or broken into.
He said there are certain parking lots around the area that crooks routinely target.
"The problem we often have, with window smashing in particular, is a cynical attitude from victims that calling police doesn't make a difference," Kurtz said. "But we are absolutely sure that it does make a difference."
Kurtz said the victims of such crimes have to make sure they're being properly reported -- so police have data on the incidents.
In an effort to make sure neighbors are reporting crimes the right way, the Walker's Point Safety Network printed out thousands of small cards detailing how to call the police non-emergency number and then press "9" to speak with a dispatcher.
Kurtz said the data reported through that channel determines how, when and where police patrol certain neighborhoods.
"We want more bike police, more walking police, and more nighttime police," Kurtz said.
"People can work with MPD to report the data so that police develop an idea of where it's happening, when it's happening, and then improve their enforcement efforts," he added.