Sunday, April 20, 2014

Population Growth Is Increasing The Crime Rate Near Fort Hood In Killeen



For the most part - the economy in Killeen, Texas is above average - simply because the Fort Hood military base, nearby, continues to grow. For several years now, the US Army has been closing bases around the country and the main beneficiary of that move has been Fort Hood. While economic growth in Killeen is primarily a good thing, there is a dark side to all those extra people and the money that goes with them flooding into the city. Crime is on the rise in Killeen as has been witnessed by the almost daily news reports on television of their SWAT team being called to protect the public. For the longest time, Waco was the largest city in Central Texas between Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin. However, the latest census reported that Killeen now holds that honor. A little known fact is this, when cities go through a fast period of growth - it is impossible for local leaders to keep up with the pitfalls that come along with it. The biggest problem revolves around police and fire services, which can not increase as fast as the population. I remember back in the 1970's when an oil boom caused Houston to increase it's population by a staggering 5000 new citizens per week. During that time, Houston experienced the same problems Killeen is facing right now. The good news is that fast population growth does not last forever and eventually city services do catch up with the increasing growth. However, now that Killeen has a population of over 100,000 people. That nasty little problem of more crime is something that will never completely go away. There is always bad that goes along with good and that's just the way it is.

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