Crime Rate in Texas Drops for Second Consecutive Year
Texas Department of Public Safety
July 9, 2012, 8:08am 1,538 views | Post a comment
Data shows decrease in measuredcrime by 8.3 percent in 2011
AUSTIN -- The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today announced that for the second consecutive year the major crime rate in Texas has dropped significantly. According to data compiled by the DPS Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program that was released in the Annual Report of 2011 UCR Data Collection, the overall crime rate -- the number of crimes per 100,000 people in Texas -- decreased by 8.3 percent in 2011.
“The continuing downward trend in index crimes is directly linked to the outstanding efforts of local law enforcement in Texas,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “The dedication and perseverance of all Texas law enforcement agencies in protecting the citizens and visitors of this state is commendable.”
The report also shows violent crime and property crimes both decreased in 2011 compared to 2010. The violent crime rate was down 9.3 percent in 2011, and the property crime rate decreased by 8.2 percent.
The UCR program collects reported crimes in eight categories (index crimes) from Texas law enforcement agencies. The eight categories are: murder; rape; robbery; aggravated assault; burglary; larceny/theft; motor vehicle theft; and arson.
“While decreased crime as measured by the index crime rate is encouraging, unfortunately it is not an accurate reflection of all crime in Texas, and does not properly illustrate the threat posed by criminal enterprise organizations operating in Texas,” said Director McCraw. “Contemporary organized crime is increasingly transnational, opportunistic and hidden. Drug smuggling, human trafficking, extortion, corruption, and kidnapping are just a few of the crimes committed by criminal enterprise organizations that are not reflected in index crime reporting. Greater participation in the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) will provide increased accuracy and utility to Texas crime statistics.”
NIBRS collects all of the data for the index crimes, plus data in 38 additional offense categories, which can be found at: http://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/faqs.htm.
If more Texas law enforcement agencies adopted NIBRS, Texas would have more accurate and meaningful crime data to aid all levels of government in the development of impactful crime reduction strategies as well as the appropriate deployment of resources, and would better assist law enforcement leaders in their decision-making process.
To view the Annual Report of 2011 UCR Data Collection, visit:
Your Opinions and Comments
Be the first to comment on this story!
You must be logged in to post comments:
Other Breaking News
|Dump truck, van collide on S.H. 123 (November 25, 2014)
Elmendorf selects new police chief (November 25, 2014)
Alcohol possible factor in crash that killed... (November 24, 2014)
DPS Urges Texans to Practice Safe Driving... (November 24, 2014)
Rainfall report: Nov. 18-24 (November 24, 2014)
Poth wins state volleyball championship (November 22, 2014)
Cornyn Responds to President Obama Ending... (November 21, 2014)
Anti-Defamation League welcomes Obama's immigration... (November 20, 2014)
Texas AG Pledges Court Challenge to Obama's... (November 20, 2014)
Sen. Cornyn: President’s Power Grab Poisons... (November 19, 2014)
Reminder: Reward Increased to $10,000 for... (November 18, 2014)
Grove to let Floresville voters answer eligibility... (November 13, 2014)
Judge Carlos Cascos To Be Secretary Of State Nominee (November 11, 2014)
Unofficial rainfall report for Nov. 3-8 (November 10, 2014)
General Election, Nov. 4, 2014 - unofficial totals (November 4, 2014)
Reward Increased to $10,000 for Most Wanted Fugitive (November 3, 2014)
Wilson County, surrounding area under flash-flood... (November 3, 2014)