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Old 12-09-2011, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Default Crime in Austin, surrounding areas?

Hi - how is the crime in Austin and surrounding areas? Considering a move to the area in the few years. Are there areas of Austin or adjoining cities that one would best be advised to avoid?
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Old 12-09-2011, 10:26 PM
 
Location: The Lone Star State
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Property crime is probably higher than you'd expect, but otherwise no real surprises. Downtown not as safe as sometimes publicized. I think you can look this all up....
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Old 12-09-2011, 10:29 PM
 
Location: United State of Texas
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East Side of IH35 is generally a good place to avoid from about Slaughter Lane to Pflugerville. Some crime in the downtown entertainment district (pretty normal for any city). As with any city, there are pockets to avoid.

West Side (from South to North) is the place to be.
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Old 12-10-2011, 04:56 AM
 
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East Side of IH35 is generally a good place to avoid from about Slaughter Lane to Pflugerville. Some crime in the downtown entertainment district (pretty normal for any city). As with any city, there are pockets to avoid.

West Side (from South to North) is the place to be.
This is basically racist twaddle, and I would ignore it. There are crime pockets both sides of I35.
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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Hi - how is the crime in Austin and surrounding areas? Considering a move to the area in the few years. Are there areas of Austin or adjoining cities that one would best be advised to avoid?
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This is basically racist twaddle, and I would ignore it. There are crime pockets both sides of I35.
LOTS can change before then. Might even have a race track by that time!
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Old 12-10-2011, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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The "murder map" below tells an interesting story for Austin itself, not so much surrounding areas.

Map of 2011 Austin Homicides - WeAreAustin.com

It isn't hard to find crime rate data for most any area in the US.

As a general comment about the Austin area though - we have low violent crime rates. Austin has higher property crime rates, mostly for larceny and small thefts. I think most people feel pretty safe in Austin.
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Old 12-10-2011, 10:28 AM
 
Location: United State of Texas
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This is basically racist twaddle, and I would ignore it. There are crime pockets both sides of I35.
Perhaps you should explore the actual police reports. The east side of IH35 is the source of a disproportionally high percentage of crime in the area... hands down. Nothing racially motivated at all. You have no idea what my race is.

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Old 12-10-2011, 12:03 PM
 
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Default Elgin region

We just moved to a subdivision (Elm Creek) which is 'just' inside Travis county ... where Austin is. Have now met ... and chatted with ... several (8) neighbors, and they all say that the 'neighborhood' is not a problem.
Is security is a must for you, might also suggest a system that you can activate when out shopping ... and also at nite when asleep. They put out signage that forewarns 'perverts', etc. of being monitored. We had one in Nevada for the past 13 years ... and never had any problem. Realize that each neighborhood is different ... so choose carefully. Knocking on doors before purchase, and asking for opinions, is a good move as well.
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Old 12-10-2011, 12:08 PM
 
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Perhaps you should explore the actual police reports. The east side of IH35 is the source of a disproportionally high percentage of crime in the area... hands down. Nothing racially motivated at all. You have no idea what my race is.
Here is a link to the police reports. Of the top 5 highest crime rate areas in Austin - only one - 78741 - is east of 35.

http://malford.ci.austin.tx.us/police/zipcode/zipcode/indx_nindx_zip_1210.pdf (broken link)

Since the facts contradict your claim, why do you assert that crime is higher east of 35?
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Old 12-10-2011, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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2010 Crime Statistics now available
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The seven highest crime areas for total crimes are:
ZIP....INDEXED..TOTAL
78753...4,648..13,832 - North IH-35 corridor from 183 to Howard Lane (Rundberg Lane area)
78741...4,250..14,254 - E. Riverside Drive and Montopolis
78704...3,506..10,444 - S. Central Austin, Town Lake - BenWhite & Mopac/Loop 1 to IH-35
78745...3.384....9,793 - Far S. Central Aus, S. of BenWhite to Davis Lane & Mopac/Loop 1 - IH-35.
78758...2,993....9,244 - Mopac to Lamar & 183 to Parmer Lane
78701...2,429..10,439 - Downtown Austin
78702...2,412....9,163 - East Austin from MKL Blvd down to Town Lake and from IH-35 to Airport Blvd.

Two of those are in East Austin.

Highest crime areas for Aggravated Assaults are:
78741...262 - E. Riverside Drive and Montopolis
78753...200 - North IH-35 corridor from 183 to Howard Lane (Rundberg Lane area)
78723...141 - Airport Blvd to 183 & MLK to 290
78702...120 - East Austin from MKL Blvd down to Town Lake and from IH-35 to Airport Blvd.
78758...171 - Mopac to Lamar & 183 to Parmer Lane
78704.....78 - S. Central Austin, Town Lake - BenWhite & Mopac/Loop 1 to IH-35
78701.....93 - Downtown Austin

Three of those are in East Austin.
This Trulia Crime Heat Map is very useful for seeing the high crime areas. However most of the crimes shown for Austin are property crimes rather then violent crimes. Crime Map Beta - Trulia

As far as the surrounding communities a check of the crime rates according to City-Data for 2006-2007, most are quite low. http://www.city-data.com/city/Texas.html

National average 319 per 100,000
Austin 412
Round Rock 146.9
Cedar Park 136
Georgetown 115
Pflugerville 151
Lakeway 137
Jonestown 307
Hutto 328
Kyle 328
San Marcos 231

When compared to other Cities for violent crime rates, Austin is very low. When compared for Property crime rates, Austin is very high. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_..._by_crime_rate

Last edited by CptnRn; 12-10-2011 at 02:32 PM.. Reason: Correction
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