Violent crime rate

The Lubbock Police Department is reporting the highest homicide rate the city has seen in recent history, with 15 more murders than last year.

Allison Matherly at L.P.D. says most of the cases stemmed from domestic relationships, were drug-related or were the result of a dispute between people who know each other.

"We are now at 30 homicides on the year. That is concerning. We definitely take those things very seriously. We look at these stats very regularly," Matherly said.

She says the chances of becoming a victim of a random violent crime in Lubbock are still low.

"Random homicides are very, very rare. We don't really see them very often. So your chances as an average citizen in Lubbock, Texas, of getting murdered is very, very low," Matherly said.

Police are locating hotspots and studying patterns, so resources can be used for most pressing concerns.

"Try to find if there's recurring situations, if there are things that we can go address and try to prevent some of these crimes from happening. We do have the ability to say okay we're going to have you, this group, now focus on these types of situations and really just address things as we're seeing that likelihood and that pattern," Matherly said.

She says officers patrol and having them on the streets can help prevent some of these situations.

Matherly says safety in the city of Lubbock takes more than the department's 465 sworn officers.

She says you can help, by calling 911 for immediate concerns or to report anything suspicious to the non-emergency line.

"Those witness statements and those who call in and report what they're seeing, even if it's concerning or if they for sure know that they saw a crime occur. That piece of information can be invaluable to an investigation," Matherly said.

Almost all of this year's homicides are closed cases with arrests.

When the pandemic began, violent crime decreased, but that hasn't been the case in the past few months.

"It's definitely a different year. I think there are additional stresses in people's lives, with people potentially being out of work and things like that and that could be having an effect," Matherly said.

Aggravated assaults also saw an 18 percent increase but rape, robbery and home burglaries are all down from last year.

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