LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - In the midst of Lubbock's deadly shootings, the Texas Department of Public Safety reports major crime across the state is down. When comparing 2008 to 2007, the major crime rate dropped 2.9%. Though violent crimes only fell by 0.6%, property crimes decreased by 3.2% across the state.
So, we wanted to see what Lubbock numbers would reveal. We discovered the same comparison shows the city's crime rate actually increased, but as NewsChannel 11 found out, those stats could be deceiving.
Comparing all crimes from 2007 to 2008, Lubbock saw a 5.4% increase increase, when our neighboring cities of Amarillo, Abilene, and Midland-Odessa all saw a decrease. So, we asked Lubbock Police to explain. "You can't take one year and compare it to one other year and get an accurate picture. That's just not realistic to do," Lubbock Police Captain Greg Stevens said.
Stevens says to get an accurate picture of crime in Lubbock, you need to compare the ten year average. That's because statistics will have anomalies from year to year that can drive them one way or another. "If you look at the 10-year trend in Lubbock, all part one crimes are on the decrease, with the exception of burglary," Stevens said.
Stevens says 2008 saw the lowest number of homicides in the city over ten years with eight. Reported rapes were also the lowest in ten years with 82. Robberies and aggravated assaults were also down, with 2008 numbers ranked the third lowest in ten-years. "Those are significant," Stevens said.
Stevens says folks in Lubbock should continue the tried and true ways of crime prevention, but says the two year comparison shouldn't scare folks into changing their life style. "A 5.4% increase from one year to the next, we're not going to have a knee jerk reaction, and there's no reason for anybody in the public to have a knee jerk reaction either," Stevens said. (Click Here) to look at the state numbers and (Click Here) to look at Lubbock numbers.
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