MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Turns out crime in Midland as a whole has increased from 2014 to 2015. The Part I Crime counts show an increase of 3.7 percent. Part I crimes are crimes that are most likely to be reported and are serious in nature.
"We always want to work with the community in keeping our crime rate as low as we can," said Chief Price Robinson of the Midland Police Department.
Aggravated assault, burglary and theft are some of the few crimes that have gone up in the past year. The biggest increase was sexual assault.
MPD said they have built relationships with Midland Rape Crisis and schools to make sure those crimes don't go unreported.
"Even one increase in [reports of] sexual assault is too many," said Robinson.
As for burglaries, campaigns like "Lock It or Lose It" have been created to bring awareness to the problem.
Police say over half of car burglaries in Midland have occurred because people simply leave their vehicles unlocked.
"They say why break a window, there's enough cars that are left unlocked," said Robinson.
Although MPD said they have seen a modest increase in Part I crimes in the past year. On a larger scale, crime has actually been declining for several years.
"Since 2009, our overall numbers have gone down 13 percent. We still hit a pretty good downward trend. We will always continue to work with the community. Police professionally look at crime spots, look at hot spots and address crime before it gets out of hand," said Robinson.