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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012 12:00 pm

By Mason W. Canales

Killeen Daily Herald

COPPERAS COVE - Overall reported crimes decreased in the city and police officers solved more cases in 2011 compared to 2010, but several types of crimes experienced increases.

The Copperas Cove Police Department made public its 2011 annual report, which provided statistics from a variety of police activities.

It reports crime statistics in two groups. The first group pertains to homicides, robberies, aggravated assaults, rapes, burglaries, thefts, vehicle thefts and arson. The second pertains to all other crimes.

"For calendar year 2011, the city realized a 10 percent reduction in the number of (first group of) crimes reported," said Police Chief Tim Molnes in the report.

"For (the second group of) crimes reported, an 8 percent decrease was realized."

Clearance rates for both remained stable, (the first group's) clearance rate was 45 percent with (the second group's) clearance rate at 76 percent."

For the first type of crimes, burglaries, aggravated assaults, rapes and vehicle thefts increased between the two years, stated the annual reports.

The most drastic increase was in the number of rapes, which rose 89 percent between 2010 and 2011. The number was also 66 percent higher than the 2009 figure for reported rapes.

Aggravated assaults rose between 2010 and 2011 by 44 percent, but the number was only 28 percent higher than the 2009 totals.

In 2011, there was a 33 percent increase in vehicle thefts, but the most recent year's number was down by about 22 percent compared to 2009.

The department saw about a 10 percent increase in burglaries in 2011 compared to the previous year, but comparing 2011 to 2009 there was only about a 2 percent increase.

The number of homicides stayed the same between 2010 and 2011, with one reported each year. None were reported in 2009.

All other crimes in the police department's first category experienced significant decreases in the reported number of robberies, 47 percent; thefts, 25 percent; and arsons, 22 percent. All three crimes were also down from 2009.

According to the report, Copperas Cove received 17,731 calls for service in 2011, which was down 1.4 percent from 2010, which saw 17,982 calls for service.

Contact Mason W. Canales at mcanales@kdhnews.com (254) 501-7474. Follow him on Twitter at KDHCoveEditor.

Copperas Cove crime report

2011 Crime Numbers

Offense Type Reported Cleared Rate cleared Property loss

Homicide 1 1 100% $0

Robbery 8 3 38% $16,521

Aggravated Assault 105 92 88% $0

Rape 9 4 44% $0

Burglary 286 67 23% $462,071

Theft 604 288 48% $452,500

Vehicle Theft 21 7 33% $191,912

Arson 14 6 43% N/A

Total 1,048 468 45% $1,123,004

2010 Crime Numbers

Offense Type Reported Cleared Rate cleared Property loss

Homicide 1 2 200% $0

Robbery 15 14 93% $26,437

Aggravated Assault 59 54 92% $0

Rape 1 1 100% $0

Burglary 257 68 26% $581,903

Theft 803 359 45% $449,767

Vehicle Theft 14 5 36% $100,306

Arson 18 3 17% $29,525

Total 1,168 506 43% $1,187,938

2009 Crime Numbers

Offense Type Reported Cleared Rate cleared Property loss

Homicide 0 0 0% $0

Robbery 18 12 67% $4,910

Aggravated Assault 75 60 80% $0

Rape 3 2 67% $0

Burglary 281 71 25% $400,057

Theft 756 321 42% $454,596

Vehicle Theft 27 9 33% $247,215

Arson 16 3 19% $57,455

Total 1,176 478 41% $1,164,233

2011 other crimes reported

Offenses Reported Cleared

Other Assaults 1,015 958

Forgery/Counterfeit 53 22

Embezzlement 0 0

Fraud 170 32

Stolen Property 3 1

Criminal Mischief 452 91

Weapons 25 22

Prostitution/Vice 0 0

Sex Offenses 42 28

Drug Violations 213 204

Gambling 0 0

Family Offenses 25 14

Driving While Intoxicated 156 154

Liquor Laws 40 41

Drunkenness 93 93

Disorderly Conduct 98 41

Runaway 43 41

All Other Offenses 1,422 1,171

Total 3,850 2,913

- Copperas Cove Police Department

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