Copperas Cove has seen a spike in reported domestic violence incidents in recent weeks.

This week alone, police received three such reports, including one in which a gun was used. An arrest was made in that case.

Domestic disturbances usually peak around the holiday season and taper off after mid-January. Cases still occur, but at a lower rate. Domestic disputes seem to arise more during the holidays because of the strain the holidays put on families, particularly with regard to finances. Too much money spent or too little money spent.

For families on a budget, the holidays put a terrible strain on family members who are just getting by. Adding the need to give gifts at that time of year can easily be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. These tensions can easily go into January and longer as bills arrive and payments must be made.

Thefts and burglaries also trended upward recently. Five such crimes were reported to police this week, two of which were burglaries of buildings. Thefts accounted for the remaining three offenses. Police are still looking for the perpetrators of these crimes.

Assaults and aggravated assaults trended upward severely this week, according to police reports. Four such crimes were reported to police. Domestic disputes often morph into assaults. These too, seem to peak around the holidays and level off after January.

Copperas Cove police also received a report of identity theft this week. This type of crime is becoming increasingly prevalent in this age of technology. Safeguarding personal information is the only weapon with which to fight this crime. (See related story “Protect against identity theft” at

If you have any information regarding these crimes, contact the Copperas Cove Police Department at 254-547-4221.

John Vander-Werff is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement serving more than 20 years with state police and more than a decade with city law enforcement.

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