Crimes were down from 2009 in Midland by 10.4 percent. There were 3908 reported crimes, compared to 4360 the year before. There were only 3 homicides, compared to 5 the year before. Forcible rape and robberies in the city were also down sharply.
The only crime numbers to go up from 2009 figures were aggravated assaults.
Midland Police say a P.S.A. About auto burglaries helped raise awareness about that crime. They also say that burglary-reduction initiatives unveiled in June dropped that crime by 20.8 percent for the rest of the year.
Here's a more detailed look at the crime numbers:
2010 CRIME STATISTICS
The Midland Police Department has compiled crime statistics for the year of 2010. The following numbers refer to Part I Crimes, crimes that are most likely to be reported and are also serious in nature and/or volume.
Crime 2009 2010 Percent increase/decrease
Murder & Manslaughter 5 3 -40%
Forcible Rape 59 45 -23.7%
Robbery 85 65 -23.5%
Aggravated Assault 286 296 +3.5%
Burglary 909 893 -1.8 %
Theft 2,845 2,458 -13.6 %
Auto Theft 171 148 -13.5%
Total Part I 4,360 3,908 -10.4%