Category Archives: Crime

Area taxis become latest tool in efforts to fight crime

T.O.P. in BaltimoreThe next time you see one of the city’s Yellow Cabs rolling through Birmingham city streets, realize they might be doing a little more than just heading to their next fare. They’re probably helping keep your neighborhood safe.

The Birmingham News reported early Monday morning about the new Taxis on Patrol initiative underway courtesy of the city’s police department and Yellow Cab of Birmingham. It’s not the first civic-minded initiative undertaken by the company as it’s also coordinated a Safe Ride Home initiative popular during the holiday season in recent years.

A similar project started in Baltimore, MD in the 1970s. Recent success in Denver, CO has resulted in an increased amount of adoption across the country, including communities like Broward County, FL; Nassau County, NYSavannah, GA; and Toledo, OH.

While our local effort is based on the Citizens on Patrol initiative, the recent announcement could also be seen as part of a larger effort underway by the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Foundation (TLPF) to see a broader adoption of the Transportation On Patrol (TOP) educational program nationwide – one that’s been underway since last April.

Photo: Yellow Cab with T.O.P. badge in Baltimore, MD, April 2012.

A new Batman for Birmingham

bhambatmanSomeone has donned the mask of the Caped Crusader, if only virtually, for the Magic City. This one hopes that they can make people aware of what’s going on around them in terms of crime.

Birmingham Batman has recently re-appeared as a MySpace profile that connects to a map of the area. The profile also includes an widget that pulls the RSS feed from our local Crimestoppers site. According to the profile, comments will be limited to information relevant to dealing with Birmingham crime. We don’t know who it is (though we wish we’d done it first 🙂 ), but we’re hoping that folks will take advantage of it. We’re thinking the original would be proud (we talked about him here in 2007), though we’re not sure…

Birmingham drops down in “dangerous” list

While Birmingham still resides among the top ten most dangerous cities rankings compiled by CQ Press, it has moved down the list. After spending two years at #6, Alabama’s largest city dropped two spaces to #8. The annual list is quite controversial to the point where even the folks who provide the data on which the results are based, the FBI, don’t necessarily agree with it – take a look at how the St. Louis Post-Dispatch covers it for instance (they finished 4th BTW).

Birmingham’s police has its new wheels

Birmingham Police Department new decals

André Natta/Flickr

Birmingham’s Police Department appears to have settled on a new decal package for their vehicles. It was one of the early initiatives announced when Larry Langford was elected mayor late last year by himself and chief A.C. Roper.

Here’s a picture of one of them on patrol in the Five Points West area close to Fair Park Arena earlier today.

So, click here and let us know what do you think?

BTW, if you’re in the area today, stop by and say hello at Family Tech Day!

Community Gang Awareness Forum, Norwood Clinic

Birmingham Weed and Seed will host a Community Gang Awareness Forum Thursday in the Benjamin Carraway Teaching Auditorium, located on the second floor of Norwood Clinic, 1528 Carraway Blvd. The FBI Violent Crime/Gang/Safe Streets Task Force and the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G. R. E. A. T.) officers of the Birmingham Police Department will facilitate. These officers will update the community on gangs and will also be available to answer questions. For more information, call 502-4701 or 492-9807.

Cost: Free

Rep. Davis holds crime forum tonight

U.S. Congressman Artur Davis will be hosting the Save Our Streets Crime Prevention Forum tonight beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Birmingham City Council Chambers.

The forum comes as a result of recently released FBI crime statistics indicating Birmingham ranked 8th in the nation in homicides and 18th in violent crime. Congressman Davis hopes that the forum will allow for the exchange of information and best practices about how to begin taking back our communities.

Panelists will include:

  • Chief A.C. Roper, Birmingham Police Department
  • Kenneth Kaiser, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Fred Grebauer, New York City Mayor’s Office
  • Lt. Col. James Whalen, Cincinnati Police Department
  • Rachel Laser, Third Way