team requests freeway crime study
South Mountain Citizen Advisory Team will ask police to study whether freeways
bring crime to neighboring communities.
"We will need to have some data so that people understand exactly what we've heard," said Kris Black, a member of the team that represents the Foothills Homeowners Association. "It is not likely that we would have truck stops, but it would be nice to have something that supports this."
Peggy Eastburn, who lives near the 67th Avenue exit of Interstate 10 in Estrella Village, said prostitution surfaced at truck stops that opened after that freeway was built. But she did not blame the freeway for crime in her area.
"I think the truck stops change the atmosphere, not the freeway," said Eastburn, who also serves on the Estrella Village Planning Committee.
If Phoenix police determine the study is a priority, it would be completed in six months.
The South Mountain Citizen Advisory Team is a group convened by the Arizona Department of Transportation to give input into the planning process of the freeway.
Team members include representatives from the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce, the Ahwatukee Foothills Village Planning Committee, housing associations and others who may be affected by the freeway.