Domestic problems accelerate the rise in homicides in 2020
LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – Lubbock Police have said a 105% increase in homicides is an outlier, something that does happen from time to time.
They are now looking at domestic issues, which accounted for the majority of these homicides. A contributing factor may have been the pandemic.
With people locked up for most of 2020, tensions have erupted in many cases. Because these issues are private, it’s hard to predict when they might occur.
“So officers aren’t always up to date with what’s going on or what we can do to actually stop this stuff from happening,” said Lt. Leath McClure of the Lubbock Police Department.
Now, the hope is that this will increase public reporting of national issues. It’s difficult, but reporting could reduce the risk of violent crime in the future.
“It will be difficult to take this case to a jury or a court if there is no victim to testify in this type of case,” said McClure.
In the 2020 report, police also saw an increase in gun-related crime.
It is also a recent problem. As was the case during a youth baseball game at Central Lubbock in early May.
Police are now mapping what they call “hot spots” in the city and are stepping up patrols in these areas.
“But none that I would provide at this point,” McClure said. “I don’t want to divulge these locations as well, for the fact that we’re trying to do what we can to prevent that from happening.”
So far, all but one of the 41 homicides in 2020 have been solved, police say. The solo-cold case is the Shooting on January 1, 2020 at club level.
“The chances of a Lubbock civilian being involved in a violent crime or being the victim of a shooting, if not involved in some sort of illegal activity is very, very slim,” McClure said.
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