The Brownsville Police Department released it's 2010 Crime Report on Wednesday and it indicated that the numbers in major crime had increased compared to last year's report.
Police Chief Carlos Garcia believes the ongoing work of specialized units like the auto theft and burglary units have helped to prevent property crimes such as, car burglaries, motor vehicle theft and property thefts have reduced the numbers.
Other crimes such as murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults, which have increased, are much harder to prevent since they are person crimes, the Chief says. When asked if these numbers reflect spillover crime from Mexico the Chief Garcia states that most likely not. However he did say the double homicide on FM 511 was tied to a Mexican drug cartel hit.
Despite having roughly 70 less officers than other comparable cities of Brownsville size, even the slightest drop in crime numbers is a victory for the department and for those major crimes that are hard to prevent, he says his investigators will continue working vigilantly to prosecute these criminals.