Police say working with retailers and strong neighborhood groups have helped reduce the crime rate in Hurst.
Police Chief Steve Moore said crime went down by 15 percent in 2014, compared to 2013 figures.
Moore said that cities annually report “part 1”crimes — ranging from theft to rape to murder — to the FBI, and in Hurst, the total number of those crimes dropped 1,848 in 2014 from 2,183 in 2013.
“This is good news for us,” Moore said.
Moore said most of the crime in Hurst is shoplifting, mostly because the city is thick with retail, including North East Mall.
Officers work with merchants to reduce shoplifting by showing them different ways of displaying merchandise and other crime prevention tips.
Hurst residents are also taking an active role in reducing crime. Citizens on Patrol groups spend time keeping watch on neighborhoods and in parking lots at shopping centers and other businesses, he said.
“Hurst is a safe place to live,” Moore said.