Overall crime in Killeen decreased in 2015

Posted at 5:02 PM, Mar 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-21 20:19:29-04

Overall crime in Killeen decreased by 11.64 percent in 2015.

“The biggest contributing factors to the drop in crime are from the non-violent crime categories,” Police Chief Dennis Baldwin.

Non-violent crimes include burglaries, which dropped by 22.19 percent and vehicle thefts, which fell 22.73 percent.

Certain categories of violent crime also decreased - robberies declined by 24.49 percent.

However, murders rose from 10 to 17 in 2015. Rapes also experienced a 65.79 percent increase.

“Crime continues to decline in Killeen, but there are still areas of concern that need attention,” Baldwin said.  “Most of the murders in Killeen during 2015 were the result of domestic violence, with three events accounting for seven murders.” 

The Killeen Police Department plans on elevating awareness of domestic violence and sexual assaults. They are also drafting recommendations for state representatives to consider to allow early intervention in domestic violence situations.

In addition, the Community Oriented Policing Services grant will provide 12 officers specifically dedicated to targeting violent crime as it relates to gun violence.

This information from the Killeen Police Department are raw numbers and do not reflect population increase/decrease.

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