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February 12, 2016

OVERALL CRIME DECREASES IN 2015
NEW CRIME MAPS TO TRACK CRIME IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Houston Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr. recently released Uniformed Crime Report (UCR) statistics revealing a 3.2% decrease in crime in the city for 2015 compared to the previous year.  You can watch the announcement here: https://youtu.be/LXI6eLPgAD4

  • Burglary, theft and auto theft categories all showed decreases, with a combined 4% reduction.
  • Despite a 25.7% increase in murders and 23.1% increase in rapes reported, total violent crime UCR categories of murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault were level with a 0% change compared to 2014 numbers. 
  • Robberies and aggravated assaults generally make up more than 90% of violent crimes reported each year. 
  • In 2015, robberies were up less than 1% ( .9%) and aggravated assaults decreased by 3.2%.
  • The most promising news is that home burglaries were down double digits for the second consecutive year with a 17.6% decrease last year, following a 13.8% drop in 2014.

Tracking neighborhood crime is now easier thanks to new mapping functions available on the HPD website.

The same UCR reports and statistics will still be found on the website, however the previous map function has been replaced with the newer CrimeReports.com, which allows citizens to search for crimes in their area, receive crime alerts via email, and submit anonymous crime tips directly to Crime Stoppers.

A second map, provided by RaidsOnline, is also available through the HPD website. The website has multiple graphing and analytical tools provided by BAIR Analytics. This will allow users the ability to view density maps, and view and graph multiple data points. 

Crimes.com and RaidsOnline are providing these new mapping functions to the City for free.  The data is updated every 30 minutes.

Watch this short video on how to use the new features at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOEf9GC0GTo.

Explore the new crime maps at
http://www.houstonpolice.org/go/doc/2133/289249


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