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      Report: Brownsville sees dramatic increase in auto theft

      Violent crime is down in the Rio Grande Valley TMs most populous city, but auto theft has gone up dramatically.

      The Brownsville Police Department released the 2012 Crime Report.

      Violent crimes such as aggravated assaults went down in 2012.

      There were slightly more robberies, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts.

      According to the report, based on the amount of crimes in relation to the total population in Brownsville, crime increased by less than one percent in 2012.

      Police have found that most vehicles stolen are Chevy and Chrysler pick-up models.

      Police say they are being taken across the border and demanded by organized criminals

      Rape went up a percentage point from 2011 to 2012.

      A property crime happens every hour. Chief Rodriguez says residents must take preventative measures to protect their homes and vehicles.

      Despite the slight increases, Chief Rodriguez says Brownsville is still one of the safest cities in the Valley.

      He says it is up to residents to help keep it safe by continuing to report suspicious activity.