Members of the Killeen City Council received an update on the city’s crime statistics during a workshop meeting Tuesday night.
Killeen Police Chief Dennis Baldwin presented members of the board with an assortment of law enforcement data collected during the first six months of 2013.
That data showed decreases in five of the seven major crimes tracked by police, including murder, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and larceny when compared with the same six-month period in 2012.
Baldwin credited Killeen police and an increasing use of technology as the reasons for the decrease.
“It’s a combination of staff and technology,” Baldwin told the council. “It’s a better, smarter approach to policing.”
The same data showed the number of rapes for the first six months of 2013 remained unchanged when compared with the same period last year, and that the number of vehicle thefts increased from 94 to 97.
Baldwin’s presentation also included data on red-light traffic violations within the city for the same six-month period. Between January and June 2013, the city saw just over 8,800 red-light violations, compared to just over 29,500 for all 12 months of 2012. While he admitted that the city’s red-light cameras were a source of revenue for the city, he insisted that the program was doing its primary job of keeping streets safe.
“The program has worked, and the accidents have trended down,” Baldwin said. “I think it’s a good program.”