KYLE, Texas (KXAN) – Kyle residents are begging for more police in their neighborhoods and the police are listening. The Kyle Police Department recently started sending their motorcycle cops into the neighborhoods to help with traffic concerns.
“We’ve had a tremendous amount of request for their presence in a neighborhood, especially in the residential neighborhoods,” said Kyle Police Chief Jeff Barnett. “People are tired of seeing people running the stop signs, speeding, for driving dangerously in neighborhoods where children are playing.”
Parents in Kyle have set up signs in the Plum Creek neighborhood reading “Drive like YOUR kid lives here!”
Rene Abreo has two little girls. Abreo says she has seen problems with speeding since moving to the neighborhood. “I love that they put those signs up!” she said. “It’s kind of shocking that kids are so close and they are just flying down this road.”
Dozens have been requesting increased patrols through e-mail and on social media, Police Chief Jeff Barnett says he hears the concerns. Barnett says they started focusing more on neighborhoods in late September. Instead of using the large police Tahoes, they have their traffic unit out on motorcycles, he says it’s not to sneak up on people but to make their presence known.
“When they see that motorcycle go by or they hear that motorcycle go by they pay a little more attention to that and it lets them know that we are trying to provide that service to them,” said Barnett. “They’ve absolutely been observing violations, they are issuing citations for those violations and I think that’s going to continue.”
But along with catching speeders, Chief Barnett says with increased police presence in neighborhoods he expects crime to go down as well.
If you would like to request to see more police in your neighborhood, you can always do so by contacting the department through their Facebook page or sending them an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.