TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) The City of Temple Wednesday reported a 12% drop in its overall crime rate and a 16% drop in violent crime including murder, sexual assault, robbery and aggravated assault.
Police responded to a total of 1,937 reports of violent and property crimes in 2019, down 12% from 2018 and 20% from 2017.
Murders decreased by 57%, sexual assaults by 26%, and robberies by 31%.
Aggravated assaults increased by 4%.
"With the growth that our city is currently experiencing, the fact that we saw a decrease in total crime speaks to the hard work and dedication of our members, and the support and assistance from our community," interim police Chief Jim Tobin said in a press release.
"It is encouraging to see their hard work pay off and we will continue our efforts to drive these numbers even lower in the coming year."
Burglaries were down by 49%, and larcenies by 10%, but residential thefts were up 4% and vehicle burglaries rose 5%.
"Not all crime can be prevented, but there are measures you can take to reduce your risk of becoming a victim," Tobin said.
"Lock your doors, remove valuables from your vehicle and don't leave spare keys in places where they're easily accessible. Be aware of your surroundings and report suspicious activity."