Austin Police are giving more attention this weekend to the Rundberg Lane area of North Austin, conducting what they call a 100 percent enforcement initiative on Friday and Saturday nights between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.
Officers will watch for all crimes, of course, including traffic offenses, but will give particular attention to drugs, prostitution and gang-related crimes. Austin Police Lt. Allen McClure says the goal is a reduction in crime in an area with a disproportionate amount of it.
“The Rundberg corridor was responsible for 11 percent of all violent crimes, seven percent of all property crimes, and we do know that the area also has a high percentage of calls to our 911 call center,” McClure said.
The Restore Rundberg Project is part of a million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to help improve public safety and quality of life.