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Independent Report Shows Decrease In Crime At Gateway

Apr 2, 2019, 1:03 PM

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Two new reports are showing that crime rates at The Gateway have dropped dramatically since 2017, making it a safer place to live and shop.

The independent study was conducted by Trident Security, which is owned by Vestar.

Vestar purchased The Gateway two years ago.

A Salt Lake City police officer present at a Tuesday press conference confirmed crime has dropped not only The Gatewau, but surrounding areas like Pioneer Park. She called it a collaborative effort.

The Trident Security report and the work the company has done at The Gateway specifically compared statistics from 2015 to 2018, showing that total incidents property-wide were down by half from 2017 and 79% from 2015.

“In order to get this dramatic reduction in crime, we personally spent more than $1.5 million annually on private security to make the area a safer place,” said Vestar Vice President Jenny Cushing. “We applaud this incredible collaborative effort as we revitalize and reinvent The Gateway to include our new urban tech hub, restaurant and entertainment offerings.”

Salt Lake City Police Department’s stats for the year-to-date show 368 crimes in 2018, 397 crimes in 2017, and 678 in 2016. However, Tuesday’s press conference focused exclusively on the crime rates at The Gateway.

“What we’re saying is The Gateway is back and open,” said Scott Howell with the Pioneer Park Coalition. “Come back and join us. … We are making progress every day.”

Howell also said the numbers for operation Rio Grand will be coming out in about a month. He credits the progress they’ve seen to teamwork from the SLCPD, The Gateway, the DEA and state leaders, who’ve all helped to make the community a safer place.

This is the second year in a row where the crime rate has been halved.

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Independent Report Shows Decrease In Crime At Gateway