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'Restore Rundberg Project' battling crime in neighborhood

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According to Austin Police, in 2011, the Rundberg Lane Corridor accounted for 11% of all Austin violent crimes in the city and 7% of all property crimes.

Lieutenant Allen McClure tells us, this weekend Austin Police were given a room at the Motel 6 and set up a sort of mobile command post outside...part of the first weekend of the "Restore Rundberg Project."

"We have tough books and printers where our officers will write their affidavits and review them, print, sign and deliver their information to the transport officers who will take the prisoners down and book them in the jail," McClure said.

McClure says 9 officers were on patrol in the area.

As of 12 Sunday morning they had 3 detained in their transport wagon and on Friday night, McClure says they made 6 arrests.

"That is a good number. What you see is that when the public notices that officers are out , they tend to lie low so officers have to work just a little bit harder," McClure said.

Rundberg area residents are saying this initiative and other measures that police have been taking over the last few years seems to be working.

"Me and my roommate moved back here about 5 years ago and it's almost night and day compared to what it used to be," said Michele Stuckey.

"The police officers have been doing a good job. I've been seeing a lot of crack downs, a lot of people pulled over," said Denise Hill.

"We expect this area to flourish. We want to see children out playing, not worried about being victimized...and we want to see businesses come into the community," said Lt. McClure.

Police say they choose the weekends they will be out in force by looking at spikes in past crime statistics. They will have 7 other enforcement weekends this year.

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