CS Violent Crimes Up, Other Crimes Drop For 2012

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New information released Thursday shows violent crimes are on the rise in College Station.

From 2011 to 2012 police say crimes like murder and assault were up 10 percent.

But there's good news too, other crimes like DWI's are down.

College Station's Police Chief shared the latest crime statistics at Thursday's city council meeting.

News 3 talked with the city's top cop about the trends.

"We want to improve the overall quality of life in the community," said
College Station Police Chief Jeff Capps.

Capps says he's pleased with the work his officers are continuing to do.

The number of burglaries of a habitation dropped from 472 in 2011 to 351 in 2012.

Vehicle burglaries are also down from 728 in 2011 to 410 last year.

There were 4 total murders in 2012 and 1 in 2011.

And prostitution jumped 700 percent: 8 cases in 2012 while 1 in 2011.

"I feel like the police are doing a good job," said Misha Gradnigo, who lives in College Station.

She says her biggest concerns are the amount of drunk drivers in this college town.

DWI's are also down from 506 to 459.

"Especially during the weekends when there's a lot of more drinking with the college students and everything. They do a good job just patrolling the streets and Northgate," she said.

Chief Jeff Capps says the department's biggest concern is a spike in aggravated robberies, which doubled from 10 in 2011 to 20 in 2012.

Capps say many of those robberies involve drugs.

"Primarily what that involves is somebody going in and ripping off a drug dealer from their marijuana ,not wanting to pay for it or whatever the case may be," Capps explained.

Capps says there are various reasons for the progress in decreasing certain crimes.

"It's trying to make sure that you put people in the right spot and then putting the right people in jail," he said.

Chief Capps will also be asking the council in March for an additional 70 rifles to to arm officers and patrol cars for emergencies like active shooting situations.

Capps said the shooting death of Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann and bystander Christopher Northcliffe by a disgruntled tenant, was the biggest event the department has ever gone through.