Killeen: Crime overall drops, but rapes and murders rise

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Published: Mar. 21, 2016 at 5:47 PM CDT
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Overall, crime dropped in 2015 in Killeen, but the number of rapes and murders in the city increased.

The city’s crime index dropped 11.64 percent compared to 2014, officials said Monday, based on data that do not reflect crime rates or population changes.

Burglaries dropped 22.19 percent, larcenies declined 10.26 percent, and vehicle thefts fell 22.73 percent, the city said.

Overall, non-violent crime decreased 14.22 percent.

Violent crime, however, rose by 2.72 percent, the city said, although robberies declined 24.49 percent and aggravated assaults dropped 2.09 percent.

The number of murders rose from 10 to 17 in 2015, an increase of 70 percent.

The number of rapes increased from 114 to 189, an almost 66 percent increase.

“Crime continues to decline in Killeen, but there are still areas of concern that need attention,” police Chief Dennis Baldwin said.

“Most of the murders in Killeen during 2015 were the result of domestic violence, with three events accounting for seven murders. As difficult as it is to address domestic violence and rapes, this community must find a way to mitigate them,” he said.

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