By CLINT FOSTER
Texas Crime Statistics indicate that over the past 12 years Mineral Wells has seen an overall upward trend in crime. While several local programs have been working tirelessly to make Mineral Wells a safer place, one in particular has striven for years to change hearts and rehabilitate those who struggle with addiction, abuse and/or a life of crime.
It is called Addiction Recovery Ministries, or better known as A.R.M.
Violent crime and property crime have increased significantly in the area. In 2010, the city rates for violent and property crime dwarfed the national rates by 38.62 percent and 54.19 percent, respectively. Consequently, the rates for these crimes in Mineral Wells exceeded the state's average by 24.26 percent and 19.91 precent.
Keep in mind that the Lone Star State experiences a violent crime every five minutes and a property crime every 35 seconds, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety in 2011. That means one murder every eight hours, one rape every hour and one burglary every two minutes.
If these trends hold true, Texas Crime Statistics projects crime in Mineral Wells will continue to rise. Statistics indicate that by the end of this year there will have been a total of 53 more crimes than in all of 2010.
A.R.M. is a faith-based program, lasting six months to a year, that seeks to help its clients overcome addiction, poverty and the issues associated with each.
"It's just always been a passion for me," A.R.M. director and local pastor Ted Oliver said. "We began with just two people back 10 years ago, starting in a home. From there it just grew and grew and grew. Today it's just a tremendous ministry. There's nothing quite like it in all of our area."