What's Causing the Rise in Crime in the Basin?

by Victor Lopez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND--Believe it or not, you can't blame the economy for this one, it's more the time of year. 

It would be wise to remember, if someone wants to break in bad enough, they will and it's best if you just let them take what they want.

Businesses of all types in Midland have been hit in the last several weeks.  Recently we've seen everything from tanning salons to fast food restaurants fall victim.  They're selling more and making more money, making them prime targets for robbers.

"We're seeing a bit of a spike just across the board on all crimes.  These individuals that are pulling these robberies, you can bet are casing these places and looking for the best opportunity to rob these places," Sgt. David Garicia, with the Midland Police Department, said.

Many times, people will do whatever they can to stop the robbery from happening, which can  end up with someone getting hurt.  Sgt. Garcia says, it's best if you just let it happen, "You can also see a spike in the violent tendancies of these individuals.  You can replace property, but you can't replace human life."

The holidays are also a time for other types of crimes.  According to Garcia, "We always see some sort of spike in juvenile type vandalism."

Garcia says, there are things you can do to keep your home or business safe, or at least, give police a chance to find whoever is responsible for ripping you off, including video surveilance, "That's great for us because we can use that, now that we are using YouTube and Midlandcrimestoppers.com.  If someone sees it, they can call in a tip."

Garcia also says the best thing you can do if you are a victim of one of these crimes is to stay calm and be vigilant. That way you can give them the best description possible of the suspect and even the vehicle they rode in, since that's their best chance of catching their man.