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Call logs show Phoenix, Woodland parks got most criminal complaints

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - From violent robberies to car break-ins, we've been tracking different crimes in Lexington parks over the last few weeks. WKYT wanted to know, how big is the problem?

To protect you, WKYT went through dozens of pages of documents from Lexington police that detail every crime reported in parks over a year's span.

The city gave WKYT the police call logs for 28 parks across Lexington for 2011. Phoenix, Woodland, Jacobson, Douglas and Shillito were the five with the most calls of criminal complaints.

They ranked as follows:

1. Phoenix Park with 451 calls to police and 78 arrests
2. Woodland Park with 262 calls to police and 21 arrests
3. Jacobson Park with 242 calls to police and 18 arrests
4. Douglas Park with 206 calls to police and 10 arrests
5. Shillito Park with 177 calls to police and 9 arrests

"I do come here at least once a week, and I've never really had anything to occur, but I have seen some situations that didn't look quite kosher," explained Candyce Grey, a visitor of Woodland Park.

Phoenix Park took the lead of all public parks with 78 arrests. WKYT found out it gets close to nine calls of criminal activity a week. Many of them were reported as suspicious activity, narcotics, assault, and theft.

"It's been a problem with a lot of ladies here getting hit on, harassed. A lot of the apartment residents are afraid to come out of their apartments," noted park neighbor Greg Hendon.

WKYT's Officer Don Evans, a retired Lexington police detective, believes combating homelessness at the park is one way to get the crime rates down.

"Phoenix Park has probably the biggest homeless population. And that's just a fact. A lot of these crimes that you're seeing are homeless versus homeless," he said.

The parks that received the least amount of calls last year were Zandale Park, McConnell Springs Park, Triangle Park, Lakeview Park, Constitution Park, and Mt. Tabor Park.

They ranked as follows:

Mt. Tabor Park and Triangle Park had no calls come in to police in 2011.
Zandale Park had three calls come in with zero arrests made.
Lakeview Park had six calls come in with zero arrests made.
Both McConnell Springs Park and Constitution Park had eight calls come in to police with zero arrests made.

Below is a partial record of Lexington park complaints in 2011.

Phoenix Park
451 calls to police
78 arrests
Calls include -
6 criminal mischief
32 suspicious activity
7 sex offense
9 disorder with a weapon
8 robbery
16 narcotics
9 terroristic threat
9 assault
9 theft
3 assault with weapons
1 vice offense

Woodland Park
262 calls to police
21 arrests
Calls include -
10 criminal mischief
5 collision/ property damage
5 sex offense
2 vice offense
4 robbery
7 theft/shoplifting/LFA
30 suspicious activity
2 child abuse
6 narcotics
6 assault
7 domestic violence

Jacobson Park
242 calls to police
18 arrests
Calls include -
1 auto theft
18 collision/ property damage
17 domestic violence
5 sex offense
3 terroristic threat
9 suspicious activity
1 burglary
4 theft
4 child abuse
3 criminal mischief
6 narcotics
3 injury with collision

Douglas Park
206 calls to police
10 arrests
Calls include -
19 suspicious activity
1 collision/ property damage
1 assault
2 robbery
5 vice offense
3 domestic violence
2 auto theft
6 narcotics

Shillito Park
177 calls to police
9 arrests
Calls include -
7 criminal mischief
13 suspicious activity
6 theft/shoplifting/LFA
2 narcotics
9 collision/ property damage
2 child abuse
5 domestic violence

Duncan Park
176 calls to police
10 arrests
Calls include -
19 suspicious activity
2 criminal mischief
22 narcotics
4 assault
1 criminal mischief
1 auto theft
1 collision/ property damage
3 domestic violence
1 theft/shoplifting/LFA

Woodhill Park
23 calls to police
0 arrests
Calls include -
5 suspicious activity
2 sex offense
1 criminal mischief

Valley Park
167 calls to police
11 arrests
Calls include -
6 child abuse/neglect
4 terroristic threat
1 collision/property damage
10 criminal mischief
4 burglary
3 narcotics
11 robbery

Castlewood Park
164 calls to police
4 arrests
Calls include -
8 suspicious activity
3 collision/property damage
13 criminal mischief
5 terroristic threat
6 narcotics
2 robbery
4 sex offense

Veterans Park
162 calls to Police
2 arrests
Calls include -
5 criminal mischief
4 theft/shoplifting/LFA
1 sex offense
7 abducted/medical/missing child/elderly
1 assault
2 collision/property damage
1 collision with injury

Kirklevington Park
119 calls to police
2 arrests
Calls include -
6 criminal mischief
9 assault
9 suspicious activity
5 collision/property damage
4 child abuse
10 robbery
3 theft/shoplifting/LFA

Masterson Station Park
90 calls to police
6 arrests
Calls include -
4 collision
7 suspicious activity
11 theft/shoplifting/LFA
4 assault
2 terroristic threat
1 criminal mischief

Ecton Park
63 calls to police
0 arrests
Calls include -
7 suspicious activity
4 criminal mischief

Idle Hour Park
60 calls to police
4 arrests
Calls include -
2 burglary
4 criminal mischief
6 suspicious activity
3 domestic violence
2 collision/property damage
1 theft/shoplifting/LFA

Gratz Park
42 calls to Police
5 arrests
Calls include -
2 theft/shoplifting/LFA
9 suspicious activity
1 collision/property damage
1 criminal mischief

Thoroughbred Park
39 calls to police
0 arrests
Calls include -
1 collision/property damage
4 criminal mischief
1 child abuse/neglect
2 narcotics
4 domestic violence

Martin Luther King Park
36 calls to police
1 arrest
Calls include -
4 criminal mischief
1 child abuse
2 domestic violence

Gainesway Park
35 calls to police
0 arrests
Calls include -
2 suspicious activity

Coolavin Park
12 calls to police
2 arrests
Calls include -
5 narcotics
2 theft/shoplifting/LFA

Meadowthorpe Park
11 calls to police
1 arrest
Calls include -
5 suspicious activity

UK Arboretum
11 calls to police
0 arrests
Calls include -
3 collision/ property damage
1 theft/shoplifting/LFA

Hartland Park
9 calls to police
0 arrests
Calls include -
3 suspicious activity

McConnell Springs Park
8 calls to police
0 arrests
Calls include -
1 theft/shoplifting/TFA

Constitution Park
8 calls to police
0 arrests made
Calls include -
2 criminal mischief
4 burglary

Lakeview Park
6 calls to police
0 arrests made
Calls include -
2 suspicious activity

Zandale Park
3 calls to police
0 arrests made
Calls include -
3 suspicious activity

Mt. Tabor Park
No calls to police
No arrests

Triangle Park
No calls to police
No arrests


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