Violent crime on the rise in Dubuque

DUBUQUE – With two high profile violent crimes in the last two weeks in Dubuque, citizens believe that crime is on the rise. Is it really?

According to Lieutenant Scott Baxter, violent crime has been slowly rising in Dubuque since 2013.

“Starting back around 2013, that summer, we saw a dramatic increase in reports of shots fired and confirmed reports of shots fired.”

With shots fired, comes the inevitable. Homicides have increased from zero in 2013 and 2014 to four so far in 2015.

“That’s very troubling,” Baxter says.

An increase in shots fired can lead people to believe that the targets are increasingly random. Baxter says that this isn’t the case.

“Typically its criminal on criminal or individuals who have some type of relationship prior to the act of violence,” he explained.

In response, the Police Department is working to add street lights to areas that have limited lighting.

“A lot of these areas where some of this behavior is happening, there’s not enough sufficient lighting, and that’s a very simple act that can be done to deter that crime in those areas.”

Councilman David Resnick is on board with more street lights, but still urges people to be aware of their surroundings.

“Wherever you are, know where you are, know your surroundings, know your neighbors,” he says.

Baxter also told us that police officers continue to try and be proactive in preventing crime by building positive relationships in the community and partnering with neighborhood organizations.

 

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