Odessa Police Chief Responds to Topping TIME Violent Crime Trend List 2/13/14
ODESSA - Odessa Police Chief Tim Burton issued a response to a TIME Magazine article listing Odessa as having America's sharpest increase in violent crime over the past five years. The response reads:
Over the past two years the City of Odessa has enjoyed unprecedented economic growth and a significant influx of people, particularly young men, seeking opportunity. Unfortunately some who have come and some who were here already, engage in criminal behavior as a way to take advantage of the heightened economic activity.
As Mr. Roman points out in the 24/7 Wall St. article, the biggest predictor of committing a criminal act is being young and male. Large "natural resource booms" attract a large number of this population group which is statistically far more likely to engage in criminal activity and the late night behaviors which lead to violence. The increase in crime in our community directly correlates to the shifting economic environment and the sudden and dramatic increase in population.
The largest increase in violent crime occurred in 2012 when a 47 percent increase occurred. Fortunately, since then a downward trend has begun and overall violent crime decreased by 2 percent in 2013. The downward shift is most likely the result of a stabilizing environment and targeted efforts by the Police Department.
Citizens can be reassured that our City is a safe place to live and work.
The Link: http://business.time.com/2014/02/12/10-cities-where-violent-crime-is-soaring/