Mayor's Office

Press Release

One and Three-Year Crime Analyses Show Houston Holding the Line on Crime



January 23, 2013 -- Crime statistics released today by Mayor Annise Parker and Police Chief Charles McClelland show Houston’s overall crime rate is down nearly eight percent under their leadership.  The numbers are based on a comparison of Part One Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) for the three years before and after the start of 2010.  There were declines noted in each of the seven Part One reporting categories of murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and auto theft.


“These numbers provide a clearer indication of overall crime trends in Houston than the usual one-year snapshot or the nightly news,” said Mayor Parker.  “I believe there are contributing factors including the commitment of our hard-working men and women in blue, greater citizen awareness that is the result of the global cyber village in which we live today and an improving local economy.”


Crime Statistics Graphic


“Fighting crime is a team approach between citizens in our community and the police.  I want to thank the men and women of HPD, from every rank - patrol officers to investigators to commanders to my command staff,” said Police Chief McClelland.  “Their outstanding efforts each and every day have met and exceeded my expectations in making this one of the safest cities in America.”


The one-year comparison of UCR Part One violent and non-violent crimes shows an overall crime rate that remained flat in 2012, as compared to 2011, a year in which the local murder rate dropped to its lowest point in more than four decades. 


Parker and McClelland noted that even one murder or rape is one too many, and that there is always work to be done on those non-violent property crimes that tend to hit closer to home and are more prevalent among the general public than violent crimes.  HPD targets hot spots, but residents can also do their part by being more careful.  The key to prevention is being aware of your surroundings.  Numerous brochures with crime prevention tips are available at  Many of these brochures are printed in multiple languages.