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Jun 11, 2013 5:38 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

Decrease in Violent Crime for Corpus Christi

CORPUS CHRISTI - The Corpus Christi Police Department is proud of recent city crime statistics that show violent crimes decreasing. Violent crimes include murder, rape, and aggravated assault.

"We chose to fight violent crime, and it's paying off," Police Chief Floyd Simpson says.

A recent report shows that violent crimes in Corpus Christi are down 8.7 percent from the same time last year. The new data comes at a time when the FBI says most of the nation is seeing an increase.

So how is Corpus Christi bucking the trend? Chief Simpson says it's a choice, dedicating the bulk of resources to violent crimes.

He also credited you at home with the decreases. He says the department is getting more tips than ever, many come from social media like Facebook and Twitter.

But the victory on violent crime comes at a price, and that price is fighting the rest of the crimes, like theft. Reports show that non-violent crimes are up 5.8 percent from the same time last year.

But Chief Simpson says that's the price they have to pay to achieve their goal, with so few resources.

"If I were king, I would have more officers," he says, "But I understand where we fit in the grand scheme of the budget, and how resources are divided out."

He says they will continue this strategy for the rest of the year.

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