Police Chief: Overall Crime in Houston Decreased in 2015
February 3, 2016 - 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.
The chief shared the news at his recent monthly media meeting. A short excerpt of Chief McClelland's comments is on the HPD YouTube channel at 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.
Chief McClelland credited the men and women of HPD and the community for working together to help in the fight against crime.
For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.