‘Avenue Angels' patrolling northeast Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - People who live near Independence Avenue in northeast Kansas City say crime is reducing, but not enough is being done to make it cleaner and safer.

Now the Independence Avenue Community Improvement District has the Avenue Angels patrolling the avenue.

Three armed security guards with Overland Park's titan protection and consulting are the Avenue Angels.

Their job is to talk with merchants, keep an eye out for criminals, and deal with quality of life issues that they may encounter on any given day.

They say panhandling and loitering is a big problem.

"Always start off with an approachable attitude; don't come off as rude with them to start because negative attitude is going to get a negative attitude in return," Alan Beeley, one of the Avenue Angels said.

Community organizers hope these angels will revitalize the area. 

"Folks tend to think there's an awful lot of crime on Independence Avenue and we're working on improving that perception," Bobbie Baker-Hughes, with the Independence Avenue Community Improvement District said.

The Avenue Angels patrol Independence Avenue from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

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