Thursday, July 25, 2019
Alternative Hot Take: Kansas City $25K For TIPS Won't Work To Curb Homicide Rate
There was a great deal of hope for progress from both politicos and police as they introduced a new, expensive effort to increase the reward for information in murder cases.
Kansas City now offers $25,000 rewards leading to arrests in homicides
One month later this cowtown still confronts a horrific murder spike, the murder count outpaces last year's homicide rate and locals endure a constant spate of gunfire every weekend and most nights.
Accordingly . . .
TOP ECHELON INSIDERS AND MANY RESIDENTS DOUBT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF KCMO OFFERING MORE CASH FOR TIPS LEADING TO A HOMICIDE ARREST!!!
Here's one reason that's better than most from a TOP ECHELON TKC READER with access to data, knowledge and insight above most of the local plebs paid to talk about this stuff . . .
"The strategy assumes there are just a few people doing all of the killing in Kansas City and that's simply not the case. Yes, in the urban core $25K might make a big difference and the money might inspire the community to come forward more often . . . But in the case of domestic disputes, gang warfare and so many crimes of passion or just deadly fights that erupt quickly over an argument . . . The money becomes less important than what motivated a murder in the first place. In many cases, we're talking about suspects who never expected to get away with their crime who comprise a significant percentage of local homicides. Concerning gang members who might avoid capture after a murder for a short time, they don't create a significant statistical spike in the numbers even if they're allowed to kill other combatants over the course of several years. There just aren't a lot of serial killers in KCMO and this strategy assumes as much.
"Will the cash bonus help to reduce the murder rate? Hopefully, but we haven't seen much of an impact yet despite widespread local publicity and conversation.
"The ugly truth is that we're talking about a culture of substance abuse and violence in many parts of the metro accompanied by, for better and worse, a well-documented proliferation of guns in the U.S. that has corresponded with rising crime throughout Kansas City.
"Moreover, just as passing tougher gun laws has proven ineffective in preventing homicides, KC seems to be on pace to demonstrate that throwing money at the problem by way of offering $25K for tips that lead to a homicide arrest is also not a viable solution."
KCPD claims the increased reward for tips has worked in other areas but they also boasted the same sort of hype about Shotspotter, red light cameras, KCNOVA and all manner of efforts that didn't produce the results that were promised.
Accordingly . . .
DO YOU THINK THE $25K CASH BONUS FOR TIPS THAT LEAD TO A HOMICIDE ARREST WILL CURB THE KANSAS CITY MURDER RATE IN THE LONG RUN?!?!
If we get enough good comments, we'll post the best responses.
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