FULL VIDEO: LPD news conference about recent uptick in business robberies

Published: Nov. 3, 2015 at 8:37 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 1, 2016 at 9:10 PM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock police held a news conference on Tuesday, hoping to reassure business owners and the community that they are taking active measures to combat a recent uptick in robberies.

FULL VIDEO: LPD news conference about recent uptick in business robberies

LPD Chief Greg Stevens said that it's common to see an increase in robberies approaching the holidays, but that seemed to be happening early this year.

Stevens said that although there were many robberies happening, most of them were multiple robberies committed by a small number of people.

LPD says that of the 19 robberies reported in October, only four remain unsolved.

Stevens said the department was putting proactive measures in place to prevent these robberies and taking an aggressive approach to solve them.

He said that those who would commit robberies have a very high probability of being caught and prosecuted.

Lt. Ray Mendoza presented robbery statistics, showing a decrease from 388 robberies in 2013 to 333 in 2014. He said this year's robbery rate was comparable to 2014 until this recent spike in October.

Captain Jon Caspell said people should "absolutely feel safe in their homes."

"If they are not engaged in criminal or high-risk activity, the chances of someone randomly picking their house, kicking in the door and robbing them are extremely low if not minute. We just don't see that here in Lubbock. There almost always seems to be some kind of precursor when it comes to home invasion robberies. The average citizen who is at home doing the right things, minding their own business should feel safe," Caspell said.

Caspell said he wants to open a dialog with business owners and let them know "we are their resource."

He said citizens don't need to live their lives differently, but if they do see suspicious activity around a business, they should let the employees know.

"If you see something, say something," Caspell said.

Mendonza said the department is planning to put live crime maps on their web site so citizens can see what's happening in their own neighborhoods. They hope to have this feature working in December.

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