Nonviolent crime is up a little in third-quarter statistics compared with the same period last year, but violent crime, except for rape, has taken a nosedive, according to the department figures.
"The violent crime rate is down 20.80 percent compared with the same period last year, which is certainly good news for Killeen," Baldwin said in the release. "These results could not be possible without the efforts of the community, mayor and city council, city manager and the dedicated men and women of the Killeen Police Department.
"Overall, we are winning the battle against crime. However, we are not where we need to be, so we must keep our focus and not tolerate crime in our city."
One area for improvement is nonviolent crime, such as burglaries.
"The nonviolent crime rate is up by 5.50 percent, which is heavily influenced by larcenies," Baldwin said. "The economy can impact this particular crime trend in some communities, and it appears to be doing so in Killeen."
Baldwin urged citizens to report suspicious activity to the police and to "take extra steps to make it more difficult for a thief to steal your property." Source: Killeen Daily Herald
With only one quarter left for the year we'll see if they hold on to their gains at the end of the year. Police departments report crimes based on calendar year.