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6/12/08

Lubbock Crime Rates Drop Since 2006

Lubbock Police say they are pleased with this year's crime rate report. 

"Hard to hope for no crime in a city this size, so what our true goal is to maintain where we are at right now, try to reduce it and try to prevent as much as we can," says Captain Greg Stevens. 

Stevens says there are many factors involved when determining crime report statistics. "One of the biggest is the economy, and Lubbock enjoys a little better economy than what is going on around the rest of the nation," said Stevens.    

The FBI crime report shows between 2006 and 2007, arson in Lubbock went down 34%. Violent crimes have decreased by 10%, and property crimes dropped more than 5%.

Unfortunately the report shows murders went up by two from meaning an increase of 15% and Stevens says that is hard to prevent. "The average murder that occurs in a household, unless you have a police officer stationed in each household you simply don't have the means to prevent those kinds of crimes," said Stevens.    

The Lubbock Police Department says they are most proud of decreasing the property crime rate.  "We have younger detectives right now. We have a whole new generation of not just patrol officers, but detectives as well, and they really especially in property crimes have taken a pro-active approach to crimes," said Stevens.   

Stevens says while some crime numbers have increased, our population growth also plays a crucial role.  "When you take that into account and then compare it to other urban areas, you're going to see that really the changes are pretty insignificant when it boils down to it and you look at the large picture of it," said Stevens. 

Lubbock Crime Statistics

2006

2007

Violent Crime

2,169

1,953

Murder

13

15

Forcible Rape

98

101

Robbery

367

259

Aggravated Assault

1,691

1,578

Property Crime

12,373

11,684

Burglary

3,070

3,136

Larceny/Theft

8,610

7,942

Motor Vehicle Theft

693

606

Arson

52

34

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