According to police burglaries, thefts and robberies are on the rise in Lubbock but they say they are bringing the criminals to justice faster. Police say the problem is repeat offenders, a few people committing several crimes and police say the solution is tougher punishment. "There's a myriad of reasons as to why there is more, possibility of one person doing more than one crime and I can think of three of those just right off the top of my head where people have done multiple burglaries, you can take into consideration the economic turn and there are a lot of things that would explain it and they're all interrelated," said Keith Woodard.
Sergeant Keith Woodard is a Property Crimes Detective with the Lubbock Police Department. He says burglaries are up 12% since this time last year, robberies are up almost 4%. But Woodard says getting information out quicker through Lubbock media is taking these criminals off the streets faster. "Technology has helped us out in a lot of ways not only through the videos and what not that we're getting from the gas stations and convenience stations at a better quality and what not that we're getting but also just in the dissemination of information we're getting here inside the police department from top to bottom. We're getting better communication skills between officers and the media, it's all better due to increased technology."
In the month of September, 116 calls came into the LPD Crime Line, some tips, others recognizing faces from the pictures and video on the news. Once they're caught, Woodard says stiffer punishment should lower the increasing numbers. "What we're trying to do is keep some of the guys that are doing a bunch of our crimes in jail longer, because there's a small amount just a few people doing a large amount of the crime," says Woodard.
Sergeant Woodard says LPD's website of "Lubbock's Most Wanted" has also been a big help.
people can log on and see who police are looking for.