STATE POLICE OFFICIALS SAY WE SAW LESS CRIME LAST YEAR!

DO YOU FEEL SAFER IN YOUR COMMUNITY?

The major crime rate in Texas decreased 5.3 percent in 2006, according to data compiled by the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

Compared with 2005, the crime rate¾the number of crimes per 100,000 population in Texas¾dropped 5.3 percent in 2006. The violent crime rate decreased 2.3 percent in 2006 from 2005. The property crime rate fell 5.7 percent in 2006.

“The crime rate has declined four straight years thanks to the efforts of our citizens and the law enforcement community,” said Col. Thomas A. Davis, Jr., director of the DPS. “While this is encouraging, there is still much work to be done.”

The total number of major crimes committed was down 2.6 percent in 2006 compared with 2005. Of the seven index crimes, murder was down 1.4 percent; rape was down 1.2 percent.

The total number of arrests in Texas increased 2.9 percent in 2006. The number of juvenile arrests decreased .7 percent, while adult arrests increased 3.5 percent.

The Texas Uniform Crime Reporting Program also collects statistics on hate crimes and family violence incidents.

In 2006, Texas law enforcement agencies reported 247 incidents of hate crimes involving 222 victims and 291 offenders.

Law enforcement agencies reported 186,868 family violence incidents involving 200,803 victims and 197,037 offenders in 2006.


Insite Question: Do you feel safer in your community with these latest statistics?