Population Up, Crime Down In The Tall City 9/8/12
CBS 7 News
September 8, 2012
MIDLAND, TX - Despite soaring population, crime is actually down in the Tall City. Midland Police Chief Price Robinson tells us that population increases usually result in more crime but officers are working hard to make sure that doesn't happen.
"People just assume activity in the city goes up, traffic goes up, more people, crime has got to increase," said Chief Price Robinson, Midland Police Department.
But that's not the case in Midland. Crime is down by 6 percent compared to this time last year. Rape is down 10 percent, Robbery by 12 and Burglary by 29 percent. Chief Robinson says with rising population, it's taken a lot of focus and determination.
"The hard work by the police department and the good relationship we have with the community," said Chief Robinson.
The Department has also cracked down on traffic violators.
"In the 7 month period this year, compared to last year the police department has issued about 1300 more citations and 44 percent of those were on Loop 250," said Chief Robinson.
But Chief Robinson says they can't let up.
"Keep consistent, being proactive, watching possible crime trends and putting information out to the public to keep them from becoming victims of crime," said Chief Robinson.
Overall the Department is proud to maintain a safe and friendly community.
"We're proud of the numbers, the work the department does for the community so people can feel at ease and put those misnomers to bed that crime is down and i think that's what they want to hear," said Chief Robinson.
Chief Robinson says that the department is now fully staffed, which enables them to do more and continue to keep crime down.
According to the Midland Police Department, the only category that saw an increase was auto theft, by more than 20 percent over last year. Police say many of the incidents were easily preventable. Some tips to remember are to lock your car, make sure to take your keys with you and keep valuables out of plain sight. Police say keys were left in the vehicle in half of the cases of auto theft.