Public Safety Update: Curfew Cuts Crime

policebadge.gifThe West Palm Beach entertainment district curfew, passed in 2007, has helped bring about significant strides in public safety, according to police statistics.

During the curfew hours, there has been a 35% decrease in overall crimes vs. persons, a 40% decrease in robberies and a 12% decrease in overall crime.The statistics compare crimes in the entertainment district from the year preceding the curfew to the year following the curfew’s passage. “Our downtown is a safe, vibrant place thanks to a number of new public safety initiatives, including the entertainment district curfew,” said Mayor Lois Frankel. “Downtown
West Palm Beach keeps getting safer and safer thanks to the efforts of businesses, residents, visitors and our police.”

The curfew, enacted in August 2007, restricts unaccompanied juveniles from being in the downtown entertainment district after 10:00 p.m. on weeknights and after 11:00 p.m. on weekends. Police statistics also show that West Palm Beach is benefiting from significant increases in public safety. Through Ocotber, total crime is down 20% City-wide in 2008 compared to the same period of 2007.