Crime on the rise in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Tx. (KBTX) - The Huntsville police department says as the community continues to grow so are recent crime trends.

On Thursday, the department had a Neighborhood Watch Meeting to help bring awareness to residents.

In January and February of this year, the Huntsville police department has made 369 arrests. They're currently working on an annual report to see where the increases are. Community Services Officer Ryann Kaaa-Bauer say they are seeing a number of burglaries.

"Commercial burglaries because we are getting a significant number of new businesses coming into the police department, burglary of a motor vehicle because we have campus near by as well as additional housing through out the city and personal crimes," said Officer Kaaa-Bauer.

Officer Kaaa-Bauer says the department has always had a community watch program, but its recently been put on the back burner because of the number of officers that have been needed in the streets.

"My goal for tonight is to be transparent with the citizens in our community, let them know what the crimes are. See if I can help out not only our citizens and my fellow officers on getting those numbers down and keeping everybody safe," said Officer Kaaa-Bauer.