Killeen Chief Charles Kimble said, “We are pleased to announce that during 2018, the City of Killeen experienced a significant decline in murders and robberies compared to 2017.”
At the end of January, 2019, the Killeen Police Department completed the crime data for 2018 and the preliminary data indicated a decrease in all reported crimes in 2018 as compared to 2017.
The figures showed a 61% decrease in murders, with a total of 7 in 2018 compared with 18 in 2017.
There was a 22% decrease in rape, at 118 compated to 151 the year before
There was a 54% decrease in robbery, at 144 compared with 313.
There was a 52 % decrease in aggravated assault, at 303 compared with 636 in 2017, with an overall 49% drop in general violent crime reported, at 572 cases compared with 1118 the year before.
Burglaries were down 25% from 1140 down to 853.
Vehicle thefts went from 566 to 349, a 56% drop.
The smallest decrease came in the area of larceny which saw only a 6 % drop from 2403 to 2249.
Overall non violent crime showed a decrease of 18 % with the number of complaints dropping from 4109 to 3351.
Chief Kimble said, “The community’s commitment and effort to combat crime has been on the right path and continues to be, in becoming a safer city. We are also excited to report that 2018 had the lowest crime rate for the City of Killeen for at least three decades!”
He said this was accomplished by a team effort that included the community, the Bell County District Attorney’s Office, the US Attorney’s Office out of Waco, the Texas Department of Public Safety, Federal Partners – FBI, ATF, DEA, US Marshals, and the men and women of the Killeen Police Department.