POSTED: Friday, January 14, 2011 - 5:04pm
UPDATED: Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 10:08am
Crime is down from last year.
MCALLEN - The City of McAllen released their 2010 Crime Report. Police Chief Victor Rodriguez happily announcing that crime is down 8.1% compared to last year.
Rodriguez said it is the result of hard work from police officers, dispatchers and all McAllen Police Personnel.
"We look at crime data every single day. We look at that data weekly, we look at that data monthly," said Victor Rodriguez, McAllen Police Chief.
The crime index measures seven index crimes that are categorized as violent crimes or property crimes. "Violent crimes include murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Property crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft." (2010 McAllen Crime Report)
But getting good results like these begs the questions as to what change produced these promising numbers?
"We did not grow in numbers of personnel, but resources, we believe we have the very best in terms of equipment around here. I don't think there is a department that is better equipped than the City of McAllen," said Rodriguez.
McAllen PD also prides themselves on improving and constantly working on preventative measures. The police chief says the department has been working on creating a patrol perimeter around the city to deter possible criminals and to also better enhance apprehension time.
But even the best prevention doesn't stop all crimes, so when crimes occur McAllen is working had to be able to solve those mysteries fast.
"Crime fighting has become more forensic than anything else in the world, right now so we have very good crime scene investigating capabilities right now, we think we do very, very well in that area, but we have to start thinking about our own crime scene lab and facilities for that," said Rodriguez.
A decrease in crime from last year is great, but there is still crime happening everyday. And there is one area in particular that McAllen wants to focus on this year.
"The greatest number of offenses are theft, 96 percent of our report today is about theft, property crime, so we want to obviously work on brining down, theft offenses down, motor vehicle theft bring it down even more so," said Rodriguez.
To see the 2010 Crime Report visit http://www.mcallen.net/police/reports.aspx