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Crime Increases in Midland

For the second time in ten years, crime in Midland has increased. According to the Midland Police Department, crime increased 3.9 percent during 2013.
For the second time in ten years, crime in Midland has increased.

According to the Midland Police Department, crime increased 3.9 percent during 2013.

“Influx of people, the traffic, just more property, people spending more money, more opportunities for crime,” said Chief Price Robinson from the Midland Police Department.

Murder increased by 25 percent. Robbery and auto theft both increased by 21 percent.

Robinson attributed many thefts, auto thefts and burglary to Midland residents leaving doors unlocked or cars unattended.

He recommended residents take precautionary steps into assuring their car and property is locked.

“Midland has low unemployment, there are a lot of people working in Midland but there are a lot that just for some reason don't want to work, they rather steal, commit robbery than work,” he said.

Long-time Midland resident James Thompson said he has noticed an increase in crime over the years.

“We used to not lock them but now you lock them,” Thompson said.
Karolyn Bailey, a mother of two and Midland resident also said she tries locking doors to keep safe.

“I always lock it. You never know who is going to be coming around the next corner,” Bailey said.

And although overall crime increased, rape and aggravated assault numbers decreased during 2013.

Robinson said he will continue to do his best to reduce crime.

“We are doing a good job. Do I like to see it go up? Not especially, I like to see it go down," Robinson said.

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