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2/25/09

Violent crimes increase in Lubbock

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Lubbock, TX (KCBD) - Violent crimes are on the rise in Lubbock. That's according to numbers released by the FBI and the Lubbock Police Department.  

A six percent increase in violent crimes is what the numbers on paper indicate happened in 2008. But the Lubbock Police Department says that focusing strictly on one year's numbers is not their goal. "I think what's more important in what we look at more as far as our goal is - is the sense of security and safety that folks feel in their day to day lives," says Captain Greg Stevens of the Lubbock Police Department.

Officers say while some individual crimes have increased, none are at a level that causes significant concern. Robberies up about 15 percent; aggravated assaults are up 8.4 percent; there were 28 home invasions in 2008 compared to 13 in 2007; and some good news, rapes and homicides are down from 2007. 

Captain Stevens says the vast majority of the violent crimes that do happen here in Lubbock are not random and that there's a pre-existing relationship between those involved.

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