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Crime rate in Houston, Texas (TX): murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, auto thefts, arson, law enforcement employees, police officers, crime map


City-Data.com crime index in Houston, TX compared to other U.S. cities

Crime rate in Houston, TX

The 2018 crime rate in Houston, TX was 498 (City-Data.com crime index), which was 1.8 times greater than the U.S. average. It was higher than in 95.7% of U.S. cities. The 2018 Houston crime rate fell by 5% compared to 2017. The number of homicides stood at 276 - an increase of 7 compared to 2017. In the last 5 years Houston has seen an increase in violent crime and a decrease in property crime.
See how dangerous Houston, TX is compared to the nearest cities:
(Note: Higher means more crime)
Houston:

497.7
West University Place:

43.1
Southside Place:

39.5
Bellaire:

114.7
Spring Valley:

95.1
Hedwig Village:

270.8
Jacinto City:

153.6
Galena Park:

185.7
South Houston:

265.3
City-Data.com crime index
Crime rates in Houston by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
334
(16.3)
377
(18.2)
351
(16.2)
294
(13.1)
287
(12.6)
269
(11.8)
198
(9.2)
217
(10.0)
214
(9.8)
242
(10.9)
303
(13.3)
301
(12.9)
269
(11.5)
276
(11.8)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
872
(42.6)
854
(41.2)
694
(32.0)
750
(33.5)
823
(36.2)
712
(31.2)
771
(36.0)
665
(30.5)
618
(28.3)
812
(36.6)
986
(43.3)
1,210
(51.8)
1,366
(58.4)
1,261
(53.8)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
11,128
(544.0)
11,371
(548.3)
11,479
(529.1)
10,603
(473.6)
11,367
(499.9)
9,449
(414.3)
8,054
(375.7)
9,385
(431.0)
9,891
(453.6)
10,186
(458.8)
10,278
(451.7)
9,962
(426.8)
9,773
(418.0)
8,761
(373.6)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
11,653
(569.6)
11,648
(561.7)
12,040
(555.0)
13,132
(586.5)
13,116
(576.8)
12,061
(528.8)
11,869
(553.7)
11,343
(521.0)
10,270
(471.0)
10,768
(485.1)
10,427
(458.3)
12,487
(534.9)
14,201
(607.3)
13,764
(587.0)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
27,541
(1,346)
26,869
(1,296)
29,044
(1,339)
26,947
(1,204)
29,279
(1,288)
27,924
(1,224)
27,459
(1,281)
26,630
(1,223)
23,733
(1,088)
21,629
(974.3)
19,859
(872.8)
18,488
(792.0)
17,108
(731.7)
16,317
(695.8)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
72,476
(3,543)
73,091
(3,525)
74,817
(3,449)
68,598
(3,064)
77,058
(3,389)
74,582
(3,270)
68,596
(3,200)
67,978
(3,122)
73,591
(3,375)
68,125
(3,069)
66,634
(2,929)
69,630
(2,983)
67,828
(2,901)
65,767
(2,805)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
20,408
(997.6)
21,093
(1,017)
19,465
(897.2)
15,214
(679.5)
14,596
(641.9)
12,817
(561.9)
12,281
(572.9)
13,070
(600.3)
13,595
(623.5)
14,443
(650.6)
13,560
(596.0)
12,738
(545.7)
11,596
(495.9)
11,949
(509.6)
Arson
(per 100,000)
1,262
(61.7)
1,121
(54.1)
1,047
(48.3)
956
(42.7)
959
(42.2)
865
(37.9)
765
(35.7)
754
(34.6)
708
(32.5)
716
(32.3)
671
(29.5)
668
(28.6)
665
(28.4)
N/A
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)659.6659.2631.1573.6596.6540.1534.2536.4533.6528.7514.4520.7523.5497.7

The City-Data.com crime rate weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.




According to our research of Texas and other state lists, there were 7,363 registered sex offenders living in Houston, Texas as of May 29, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Houston is 313 to 1.


When are crimes committed in Houston, TX?

Violent crime rate in 2018
Houston:

557.6
U.S. Average:

207.3

Violent crime rate in 2017
Houston:

594.1
U.S. Average:

215.2

Violent crime rate in 2016
Houston:

558.5
U.S. Average:

216.3

Violent crime rate in 2015
Houston:

525.0
U.S. Average:

208.5

Violent crime rate in 2014
Houston:

530.3
U.S. Average:

200.7

Violent crime rate in 2013
Houston:

510.2
U.S. Average:

204.3

Violent crime rate in 2012
Houston:

526.5
U.S. Average:

214.5

Violent crime rate in 2011
Houston:

519.1
U.S. Average:

214.1

Violent crime rate in 2010
Houston:

526.3
U.S. Average:

223.2

Violent crime rate in 2009
Houston:

599.8
U.S. Average:

238.0

Violent crime rate in 2008
Houston:

589.8
U.S. Average:

252.4

Violent crime rate in 2007
Houston:

606.4
U.S. Average:

259.7

Violent crime rate in 2006
Houston:

632.6
U.S. Average:

264.1

Violent crime rate in 2005
Houston:

632.1
U.S. Average:

258.9

Violent crime rate in 2004
Houston:

521.4
U.S. Average:

256.0

Violent crime rate in 2003
Houston:

531.1
U.S. Average:

262.6

Violent crime rate in 2002
Houston:

552.5
U.S. Average:

272.2

Property crime rate in 2018
Houston:

355.8
U.S. Average:

189.3

Property crime rate in 2017
Houston:

365.8
U.S. Average:

206.4

Property crime rate in 2016
Houston:

389.4
U.S. Average:

216.6

Property crime rate in 2015
Houston:

410.4
U.S. Average:

221.5

Property crime rate in 2014
Houston:

445.9
U.S. Average:

230.8

Property crime rate in 2013
Houston:

479.9
U.S. Average:

250.4

Property crime rate in 2012
Houston:

490.8
U.S. Average:

267.3

Property crime rate in 2011
Houston:

502.1
U.S. Average:

273.5

Property crime rate in 2010
Houston:

492.6
U.S. Average:

276.4

Property crime rate in 2009
Houston:

523.3
U.S. Average:

285.6

Property crime rate in 2008
Houston:

495.8
U.S. Average:

302.2

Property crime rate in 2007
Houston:

574.7
U.S. Average:

309.2

Property crime rate in 2006
Houston:

587.9
U.S. Average:

317.3

Property crime rate in 2005
Houston:

596.0
U.S. Average:

322.3

Property crime rate in 2004
Houston:

513.8
U.S. Average:

327.4

Property crime rate in 2003
Houston:

503.2
U.S. Average:

334.1

Property crime rate in 2002
Houston:

524.9
U.S. Average:

336.9
Murders per 100,000 population
Rapes per 100,000 population
Robberies per 100,000 population
Assaults per 100,000 population
Burglaries per 100,000 population
Thefts per 100,000 population
Auto thefts per 100,000 population
Arson per 100,000 population

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 6,258 (5,229 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.23
Texas average:

1.55

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2017, including police officers: 6,334 (5,221 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.23
Texas average:

1.54

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2016, including police officers: 6,632 (5,182 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.22
Texas average:

2.04

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2015, including police officers: 6,577 (5,178 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.28
Texas average:

2.05

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2014, including police officers: 6,604 (5,252 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.37
Texas average:

2.00

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 6,663 (5,318 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.44
Texas average:

2.08

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2011, including police officers: 6,531 (5,294 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.47
Texas average:

2.16

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2010, including police officers: 7,054 (5,351 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.35
Texas average:

2.19

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2009, including police officers: 7,139 (5,371 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.36
Texas average:

2.23

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2008, including police officers: 6,750 (5,048 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.25
Texas average:

2.19

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2007, including police officers: 6,338 (4,892 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.25
Texas average:

2.16

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2006, including police officers: 6,223 (4,781 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.45
Texas average:

2.13

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2005, including police officers: 6,027 (4,779 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.45
Texas average:

2.18

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2004, including police officers: 6,298 (5,069 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.59
Texas average:

2.19

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2003, including police officers: 6,804 (5,372 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.75
Texas average:

2.17

Full-time Law Enforcement Employees in Houston, TX
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Officers
Full-time Law Enforcement Employees - Civilians

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