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Communication a key crime-fighting tool

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Policing Wilmington can be a tough task. Today WWAY got an inside look at the police station as lieutenants and detectives gathered to share some successes and talk about how they can continue to improve crime prevention.

In law enforcement, communication is key. That's why each month Wilmington Police officers meet at headquarters to discuss hot spots and trends so they can crack down on crime throughout the city.

Wilmington Police divide the city into different geographical districts. Walking the beat officers notice certain areas of the city have more crime than others.

"But one thing we find about police work is a lot of things continue to work no matter where you use them," Deputy Police Chief David Conklin said.

At monthly COMPSTAT meetings, officers share successes and failures to help improve crime prevention throughout the city. Last month crime was down 30 percent throughout the city compared to the month before. Officers also discuss big cases they've already cracked, as well as suspects that could still be on the loose.

"It's great catching them, but it's our job to try and prevent it. We judge success by how much crime we prevent," Conklin said.

Still Conklin says the officers cannot prevent all crimes. And sometimes the victims need to take steps to protect themselves.

"They're talking about people leaving large amounts of money sitting in their car," Conklin said. "If you're going to make it easy on them, somebody is going to take it."

And when it comes to policing yourself chief Conklin says most crimes can be easily prevented. Simply by locking your doors or keeping your eyes open you can can help cut down on crimes of opportunity.

Conklin says Neighborhood Watch groups are also an effective way to cut down on crime in your community. And when it comes to property crimes, knowing pre-programmed locations in your GPS or identifying marks on your possessions can help you get your stolen items back.

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