Crime Down in the Tall City

Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Midland Police released figures on Friday showing that crimes are down across the board in the Tall City.

Police said it's as much a testament to the hard work of their officers and detectives as it is to Midlanders themselves.

They said the driving force behind this crime decrease was working hand-in-hand with the community.

"We always want to try to feed as much information to the public as we can so they can be aware of what's going on in the neighborhood, in the city, and take appropriate action," Midland Police Chief, Price Robinson, said.

Robberies, thefts and larcenies are all down in numbers.

One of the most significant statistics is the 40% decrease in murders and manslaughters.

During 2010, Midland Police ran a public service announcement trying to raise awareness of auto burglaries, which over the course of the year dropped in numbers as well.

This past year, an online mapping application allowed residents to access crime data closest to their homes and it gave them crime e-mail alerts.

Major crimes are all down with the exception of a 3% increase in aggravated assaults.

Overall, total crime has dropped 10% in the Tall City, and some residents said the safety shows.

"Yeah, pretty much. I've been living here all my life. I don't see nothing wrong with it," Midland resident, Luis Monje, said.

Then again others who said their homes had been broken into in the last year said there's more work to be done.

"No, I don't think things are as safe as they say it is and if not, they are not well-staffed so I think they need to get more police staff," Midland resident, Ginger Gilman, said.

But the Midland Police Chief said they are prepared for 2011, as long as the community continues to work with them.

"A decrease in crime, it can't be done solely by the police or solely by the community," Robinson said. "You have to have both police and community work together."