Summer Crime Heats Up in Cedar Rapids

By Heather Hubbs, Reporter

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By Heather Hubbs

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa-- What started as a breezy summer for Cedar Rapids police, quickly heated up. Summer is notoriously a high crime season. But, in June we told you Cedar Rapids police were reporting their numbers were down, especially when it came to shots fired. Unfortunately, that didn't last long.

The latter part of summer saw a big jump in violent crime. Violent crime is up 21% over last year. That includes everything from sexual assault to murder, and has police extremely frustrated.

Their biggest area of concern is the rise in shots fired calls. In June we told you police had investigated just 17 reports of shots fired this year compared to 26 in 2012. Now they've investigated 39, down just one from the year before. That means from June to August there were 22 reports of shots fired, 11 in the month of August alone.
Compare this to 14 reports of shots fired from June to August of 2012.

Now police are doing what they can to put those responsible behind bars, by stopping as many people as possible when there's probable cause.

"When we do stop them we're doing more intensive questioning. If we have probable cause to pat them down. If we've had shots fire and stop someone we are looking at where they are where were they walking from, did they throw down a gun," said Sgt. Cristy Hamblin, Cedar Rapids Police Dept.

Sgt. Hamblin says its difficult for them to try and prevent shots fired calls with stepped up patrols because the calls come from all over the city and not in any one concentrated area. She says since they can't be everywhere, it's important for the public to call in and report any suspicious activity in their neighborhood.

You can call in tips anonymously on the Crime Stoppers hotline, that number is 1-800-CS-CRIME.

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