AUSTIN (KXAN) –The city of Austin is encouraging residents to step up and become leaders in an effort to improve the Rundberg community.
The Restore Rundberg Project is hosting a meet-and-greet reception for community members who are interested in learning about and getting involved in the initiative.
According to a news release Wednesday, those interested will have the opportunity to meet with the current Rundberg team. It is comprised of UT researchers, City of Austin staff, as well as other volunteers.
The project strives to clean up the area along Rundberg Lane and make it a safer, regulated area.
Crime prevention within the project specifically targets drugs, prostitution, and gang-related crimes. This "100-percent enforcement" will be conducted a total of eight times this year, with the most recent in June.
Environmental design and information-based policing are the fundamental aspects that drive this project, According to the Austin Police Department
Early 2012, The initiative received a US departments of Justice Grant of $1 million dollars.
The Rundberg area accounts for 11 percent of the city's crime. The area accounts for 4 percent of the city's population.
Most recently, a man was injured in a shooting on Rundberg lane on June 17.
APD uses the "Broken Window Theory," which means regulated neighborhood may help prevent future crimes and vandalism.
In an effort to keep criminals out of the area, APD issued a printed list of recently arrested Austin citizens and gave them to Budget motel staff. The list red-flags potential criminals looking to rent a room.
The goal is to expand this initiative in other areas of the city if the Restore Rundberg project is successful.
The reception will be held at The Great Austin Merchants Cooperative Association building, 8801 Research Blvd, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on July 10.
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