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Crime from KC - 7/15/2008
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Tony
Ocala, FL

Based on what I have read, the crime from Kansas City does not spill over into the Overland Park/Olathe area. Is that correct? Do residents fear that happening. 10-15 miles is not that far away. I realize most crime happen at bad times in bad places but stuff can always spread.

Thanks for your input
Tony

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