Lubbock bucks state's downward crime trend

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Updated: 6/28/2013 7:01 am
Lubbock's crime rate bucks the state's downward trend in 2012, according to statistics released by the DPS. The numbers based on offense and arrest data.

In Texas, the overall number of violent crimes and property crimes decreased three percent from 2011. In Lubbock, the total increased 1.9 percent.

In Lubbock, there were more reports in each of the four violent crime categories: murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Among the property crime categories, a drop in burglaries offset increases in Larceny and motor vehicle theft. Lubbock police Sergeant, Jason Lewis, puts the numbers in perspective.

"It's not the influx you see in Odessa, but Lubbock is steadily growing. In 2010 I saw that in 2010 it showed our population 229,000 and in 2012 it was 236,000, which is a 2.8% growth." Lewis said.

Sergeant Lewis said there are more LPD officers to handle the resulting increase in cases. He also said Lubbock likely has a lower rate of un-reported crimes than elsewhere.

You can find the full report at DPS website.
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