It may be one of the safest cities in North Texas, but Allen police and city leaders say they can do better.
The mayor, City Council and newly appointed Police Chief Brian Harvey said they hope Project CLEAN, or Citizens and Law Enforcement in Allen Neighborhoods, can help police officers continue to build relationships with the public.
“The goal is ‘Allen, Texas -- safest city in the nation,'" Sgt. Jon Felty said.
Allen ranks as the safest city between 50,000 and 100,000 in Texas and the ninth safest in the country, according to CQ Press.
Felty said the city also wants to help support neighborhoods built before 1991, which may not be part of homeowners associations or have neighborhood watches.
“Because we went through such a rapid period of growth from about 2004 to 2010, we didn’t want to neglect anybody,” he said. “We didn’t want it to be said that all the focus was on the growth.”
Felty said one of project's focuses is the prevention of burglaries. Many could be prevented by simple acts such as closing and locking garage doors, he said.
Longtime resident Tom Brooks, said he has noticed more crime in his neighborhood near U.S. 75.
“We seem to have a seen a little bit of an uptick, especially in the burglaries,” he said.
However, Brooks said his neighborhood is very involved in keeping the area safe and that it is a “great place” to live.
He said he hopes the police department’s ramped-up efforts can prevent officers from having to spread themselves thin as the city grows.
The next two Project CLEAN meetings are June 18 and June 20 at 7 p.m. at the Allen Public Library.