Crime Trend: Home invasions on the rise

Posted at 9:26 PM, Apr 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-04 22:26:09-04

CCPD Chief Mike Markle recognizes a disturbing trend, more home invasions ending with someone injured or dead.

“We are seeing an up-tick in these home invasions,” said Markle.

Earlier this week, a couple was killed in their home in London Estates.  Last month, a 19 year old man was killed in his home on Coleman Avenue.

“We are concerned that these incidents have ramped up, they have become very aggressive,” said Markle.

 Police define home invasion as a burglary with intent to commit another crime such as robbery or assault.  While home invasions are on the rise, CCPD believes each case is unique.

“It doesn’t appear that any of them are related to each other, they’re all individual events,” said Lt. John Hooper, CCPD Public Information Officer.  “They all have their own elements and very specific aspects.”

There is, however, one common thread in a number of home invasions.

“Almost all these cases are drug related,” said Hooper.  “They are not random acts, they are targeted events.”

So should you be concerned?

“Unless you have lifestyle in the drug culture, it’s not a high risk for you,” said Hooper.  “It’s not likely to happen to the average citizen here in Corpus Christi.”

While random home invasions are uncommon, it helps to know who your neighbors are.  If you suspect a house on your street, or someone in your apartment complex is involved in drugs or other criminal activity, let police know.