Beaumont sees increase in tourism despite recent crime

A Beaumont regional visitor center is seeing more tourists come to the city despite recent crime in the area.

BEAUMONT - A Beaumont regional visitor center is seeing more tourists come to the city despite recent crime in the area.

Kathi Hughes with the Ben J Rogers regional visitor center said they have seen a 27 percent increase in tourists coming to the area.

"As they come in we greet them with happy faces and information and that’s what they are interested in," said Hughes.

Hughes said about 6,000 visitors come to the visitor center each month. She said the visitors don’t usually ask about the crime in the area.  

"People are really not concerned with it, you know they just want to see things that are interesting so people aren't really affected by it," said Hughes.

So far there has been seven homicides in the city. The Beaumont Police Department said there that number could change to eight if they officially confirm Catherine Dungan’s death on Saturday was a homicide.

According to the preliminary autopsy results from Tuesday show the death of Dungan, 54, is, “indicative of a homicide.” 

Investigators said her body was found at Collier’s Ferry Park on Saturday night at 6:20 p.m.

Officer Carol Riley with the Beaumont Police department said it is not unusual for crimes to come in waves in Beaumont and in other parts of the country.

"We don't know why it happens, we don't know why it will rise then fall off," said Hughes.  

However, she wants to let people know investigators are solving their crime and emphasizes it takes cooperation from victims and witnesses to help solve a crime.

"You have to let us help you we can't solve things if we don't work together," said Hughes.

Beaumont police said there were 17 homicides in Beaumont last year. If you see anything suspicious call Beaumont police or Crime Stoppers at 8-3-3 TIPS.


 

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