City of Detroit Demolishes More Than 1,000 Structures in 5 Months and Auto Thefts Drop 22 Percent in 4 Years

'Efforts Strong Evidence of Advances that Will Have a Positive Impact on

Neighborhoods'



Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from City of Detroit

    DETROIT, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The City of Detroit is announcing two
 recent gains in the effort to continue improving neighborhoods -- auto thefts
 and demolition of abandoned houses.  The number of cars stolen in the Motor
 City dropped 22 percent over the last four years from 33,444 in 1997 to 25,890
 in 2000.  On the demolition front, the city has demolished 1,031 structures
 between October 1, 2000 and March 31, 2001 to achieve 94 percent of Mayor
 Dennis Archer's five-month goal, set last fall, of 1,100 demolitions.
     "These efforts will have a good impact on our neighborhoods," said Mayor
 Dennis Archer.  "Hopefully, one could ultimately contribute to lower car
 insurance rates while the other can ultimately help improve the home values."
     Detroit police have engaged in several strategies to help reduce auto
 thefts including increasing the number of business inspection crews and
 increased enforcement on the number of "shredders" or "chop shops" operating
 in the city.  The number of cars stolen in Detroit for the last four years are
 as follows: 1997 - 33,444; 1998 - 28,768; 1999 - 27,141; 2000 - 25,890.
     On the demolition front, the city has spent about $12 million so far this
 fiscal year on demolishing about 1,600 abandoned structures.  The city is on
 track to exceed the Archer Administration's yearly average of 2,000 structures
 demolished since 1994.  Since that time DPW has set a record of demolishing
 more than 16,500 structures in neighborhoods across the city.
 
 

SOURCE City of Detroit
    DETROIT, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The City of Detroit is announcing two
 recent gains in the effort to continue improving neighborhoods -- auto thefts
 and demolition of abandoned houses.  The number of cars stolen in the Motor
 City dropped 22 percent over the last four years from 33,444 in 1997 to 25,890
 in 2000.  On the demolition front, the city has demolished 1,031 structures
 between October 1, 2000 and March 31, 2001 to achieve 94 percent of Mayor
 Dennis Archer's five-month goal, set last fall, of 1,100 demolitions.
     "These efforts will have a good impact on our neighborhoods," said Mayor
 Dennis Archer.  "Hopefully, one could ultimately contribute to lower car
 insurance rates while the other can ultimately help improve the home values."
     Detroit police have engaged in several strategies to help reduce auto
 thefts including increasing the number of business inspection crews and
 increased enforcement on the number of "shredders" or "chop shops" operating
 in the city.  The number of cars stolen in Detroit for the last four years are
 as follows: 1997 - 33,444; 1998 - 28,768; 1999 - 27,141; 2000 - 25,890.
     On the demolition front, the city has spent about $12 million so far this
 fiscal year on demolishing about 1,600 abandoned structures.  The city is on
 track to exceed the Archer Administration's yearly average of 2,000 structures
 demolished since 1994.  Since that time DPW has set a record of demolishing
 more than 16,500 structures in neighborhoods across the city.
 
 SOURCE  City of Detroit