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Officials Say Crime Rate in State and City is Down

Statistics released by the Texas Department of Public Safety reveal crime in the state is down compared to years' past.  The overall crime rate, including robberies, was down more than 10 percent from last year.  Wichita Falls police say that's a trend we're experiencing here, too.
    State officials say crime in the state is down for the second year in a row.
    Tom Vinger, DPS spokesman, says, "This downward trend, we think, is due to the outstanding local law enforcement efforts in Texas."
    Officials say that's true for Wichita Falls as well.
    Wichita Falls Police Department Interim Police Chief Manuel Borrego says, "Crime in Wichita Falls is going down, and has been."
    According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, more than one-million violent and property crimes were committed in 2010.
    That number fell below the one-million mark last year and decreased by 6.4 percent.
    The number of robberies in the state were down, too.
    Nearly 33-thousand robberies were committed in 2010.
    Compare that to the just more than 28-thousand robberies in 2011, and that's a decrease of 13.6 percent.
    But with the number of recent robberies in Wichita Falls, some may find those stats hard to believe.
    "I think what happens is you'll get those in spurts.  You'll get some crimes that will occur, and of course, if we don't catch them in the act then we do investigations and we get these people arrested and you'll see it go where you're not going to have these for a while," Borrego says.
    This week police arrested Kadeem Emmers and charged him with the recent aggravated robberies of Whataburger and a Stripes convenience store.
    As for the robberies for which no one has been arrested, like the June 21 robbery of Faspac convenience store, Borrego says the Wichita Falls Police Department works endlessly to solve those.
    "Rest assured we're investigating, we're getting these people arrested, and getting them off the street.  We work on these things all day and all night until we can get them concluded.  Our citizens are safe here," Borrego says.
    The annual report states the number of arrests statewide is down, too.
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