Alleyway beautification deterring crime in Northeast

Elizabeth Orosco
Northeast News

Pendleton Heights neighborhood has worked to beautify the majority of their 17 alleyways, a project the community and law enforcement are saying helps deter crime in the area.

A recent $5,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation will fund the beautification of the alleys, provide two rain barrels, and different plants that will help with erosion issues for the neighborhood orchard at Lexington Avenue and Montgall.

Linda Fleischman, a Pendleton Heights resident for 12 years, shares Jade Alley (known as Olive Park Alley) with several other neighbors who have put in effort to clean up and light the alleyway.

They have cleaned the alley, put down mulch, did landscaping, strung up fairy lights down the alley, and placed art installations at various spots.

“We use our alleys to visit neighbors,” said Fleischman. “It’s become a private lane where it’s sort of an extension of our backyards.”

She said one year the neighbors held an Olive Park Alley Fest to raise money for Scuola Vita Nuova, a local charter school.

Fleischman said the grant has helped tremendously to get people on board with the beautification efforts and providing a lot of resources to the community.

She said she also sees it as a method to deter criminals.

“The alley is lit at night. This sends the message that we are alert, we are cohesive, and we are a team.”

Sergeant Justin Pinkerton with the Kansas City Police Department said this is a huge help from a law enforcement perspective.

He has been with KCPD for 12 years and has spent his entire career in Center Zone working with communities like Pendleton Heights.

“Criminals like to do things when they’re not being seen,” he said. “They want privacy, darkness. When a neighborhood steps up and puts up lights, it’s unattractive to a criminal because it doesn’t fit the standard environment that they like to operate in.”

He said what the neighborhood is doing fits in with CPTED, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, a model KCPD has been working to implement.

“This includes putting up lights and landscaping, Sergeant Pinkerton said. “Landscape can provide privacy, but overgrown bushes and poor lighting can also limit the view of what can be seen and make it easy to prowl and lurk around a house. The privacy you desire is also giving privacy to someone casing a house.”

Sergeant Pinkerton also recommended surveillance cameras, Ring doorbells or flood lights as additional crime deterrents.

His main recommendation for a crime deterrent? A dog.

“Dogs are the best deterrent,” he said. “You don’t need to have a huge dog. Dogs just need to bark and alert people.”

Ultimately, Sergeant Pinkerton said the strength of a community is when it can come together and take back their neighborhood.

“It’s a great help to the police department when a neighborhood takes ownership of itself,” he said. “You’re ultimately saying ‘we aren’t going to put up with this, we are going to take ownership and watch out for one another.’”

Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
Enter your email address and click on the Get Instant Access button.
We respect your privacy

Comments are closed.

  • Kansas City community, leaders commemorate 60 year anniversary of life lost in deadly fire

    August 21st, 2019

    Elizabeth Orosco Northeast News Community members, firefighters, and city leaders met Friday, August 16 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of […]

    Healing House baptizes over 70

    August 21st, 2019

    Bryan Stalder Northeast News On Saturday, August 17, Healing House hosted their annual baptism on the 4400 block of St. […]

    Grace Church of the Nazarene burglarized, vandalized

    August 21st, 2019

    Bryan Stalder Northeast News After worship services concluded at the Grace Church of the Nazarene at 4300 Independence Avenue on […]

    KCPD meets with Congolese community in effort to build bridges

    August 21st, 2019

    Elizabeth Orosco Northeast News Kansas City Police officers met with members of the Congolese community this week to work to […]

    Law enforcement activity at Chouteau Courts

    August 16th, 2019

    Law enforcement activity at Chouteau Courts.

  • Frontier High School students placed sixth in Solar Car Challenge

    August 14th, 2019

    Elizabeth Orosco Northeast News Frontier STEM High School students took home sixth place in the Classic Division at this year’s […]

    Kansas City all-girl charter school opens its doors in Northeast August 19

    August 14th, 2019

    Elizabeth Orosco Northeast News In less than a week, the Kansas City Girl’s Preparatory Academy will be welcoming its first […]

    Northeast community, KCPD rallies around 9-year-old struck by car

    August 14th, 2019

    Elizabeth Orosco Northeast News Emmanuel Jombu, a 9-year-old boy, is back home and recovering after being struck by a car […]

    National Night Out in Budd Park

    August 14th, 2019

    National Night Out takes place the first Tuesday of August every year. Communities all over the country bring neighbors and […]

    Frontier Schools takes 6th Place in 2019 Solar Car Challenge!

    August 14th, 2019

    Want Northeast News articles sent straight to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!Enter your email address and click on the […]

  • Faces Of Northeast

  • Postcard

    Are we there yet?

    August 21st, 2019

  • Remember This?

    REMEMBER THIS? Coca-cola

    August 21st, 2019

  • retorts illustrated by bryan stalder

  • Want articles sent directly to your inbox each week? Subscribe below!
    We respect your privacy and will not distribute your information.