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Largest city in Central Texas reports lowest crime rate in over 30 years

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Published: Feb. 1, 2019 at 1:58 PM CST
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The largest city in Central Texas reported Friday that new preliminary numbers show a large drop in crime from 2017 to 2018.

“We are pleased to announce that during 2018, the City of Killeen experienced a significant decline in murders and robberies compared to 2017,” Chief Charles Kimble said. “The community’s commitment and effort to combat crime has been on the right path and continues to be, in becoming a safer city.”

According to Killeen police, the crime date for last year reported as part of the FBI’s Unified Crime Report shows drops in murders, rapes, robberies, aggravated assaulted.

According to the department:

61 percent decrease in murders 7/18

22 percent decrease in rape 118/151

54 percent decrease in robbery 144/313

52 percent decrease in aggravated assault 303/636

The preliminary numbers shows a 49 percent reduction of violence crime from 1,118 to 572.

Figures for non-violent crime also show a drop, but not as steep.

25 percent decrease in Burglaries 853/1140

6 percent drop in Larceny (Theft) 2249/2403

56 percent drop in Vehicle Thefts 249/566

The numbers represent an overall decrease of 18 percent.

Kimble said the preliminary numbers are the lowest the city has reported in three decades.

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