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What are Crime Rates in Texas?

In Texas, a violent crime is committed every 4 minutes and a property crime is committed every 33 seconds, according to report from the state’s Department of Public Safety.

There were 1.07 million criminal offenses in 2010, including more than 950,000 property crimes and more than 110,000 violent crimes. Looked at another way, about 4.2 crimes were committed for every 100 people living in Texas.

The good news? Texas crime rates are on the decline. The 2010 rate was a 6 percent drop from 2009, when there were about 4.5 criminal offenses for every 100 people. And the 2010 rate was the Lone Star State’s lowest in at least 15 years. (As of October 2012, crime data for 2011 had yet to be released.)

Texas Burglaries

Burglary is among the most prevalent crimes in Texas. Like other crimes, the rate of burglary declined in 2010. However, there was about 1 incident of the crime for every 100 residents, making burglary more common than the crimes of rape, murder, assault and vehicle theft combined.

In 2010, a burglary occurred in Texas every 2 minutes, with residential burglaries accounting for 73 percent of all burglaries. The total value of stolen property in Texas that year was a whopping $1.9 billion. Only a small percentage of that property is ever recovered - about 2 percent of cash, 4 percent of jewelry and 4 percent of electronics.

Worse yet, burglary is one of the most difficult crimes to solve. Only 10 percent of burglaries in Texas resulted in an arrest in 2010. The clearance rate (i.e. the percentage of crimes resulting in an arrest or other resolution) was lower than that of any other crime.

Burglary Rates in Major Texas Cities

Wondering how your city stacks up when it comes to safety? Here are the 2010 burglary rates per 100,000 people in Texas’ largest cities:

  • Dallas - 1,499
  • Fort Worth - 1,253
  • San Antonio - 1,243
  • Arlington - 1,241
  • Houston - 1,224
  • Austin - 1,099
  • Corpus Christi - 913
  • Plano - 445
  • El Paso - 313

Benefits of Home Security Systems

Home security systems go a long way in providing peace of mind. But the benefits go beyond just good feelings: Studies have shown that homes with security systems are far less likely to be burglarized.

A Rutgers University study published in 2009 found that a steady decrease in burglaries in Newark, N.J., from 2001 to 2005 was directly linked to an increase in the number of registered home burglar alarms during the same time period.

The study, conducted with the help of the Newark Police Department, was not the first to conclude that burglars tend to avoid alarm systems. But it was the first of its kind to rule out other potential deterrents.

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