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Old 06-20-2009, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I was surprised by all the comments about crime in Corpus, so I decided to research for myself what the statistics say. This website lists the crime rates in most US cities. Rates are based on cases per 100,000 for all of calendar 2007.

[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_cities_by_crime_rate]United States cities by crime rate - Cities over 250,000 - FBI Uniform Crime Reports

You can sort the list for each type of crime by clicking on the little box with triangles at the top of each column. Doing so I found that Corpus Christi has the following crime rates.

Overall Violent crime is average putting Corpus at 38th place out of 76 cities listed, with populations over 250,000.
Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
Rape is surprisingly high putting Corpus at 6th place in the nation.
Assault is also high putting Corpus at 26th place in the nation.
Murder and robbery are below average

Property crimes is a big problem putting Corpus at 11th place in the nation.
Property crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.
Larceny-Theft is very high putting Corpus at third place in the nation.
Burglary and Arson is average. Motor Vehicle theft is extremely low.[/quote]

I think violent crime is a bigger concern to most citizens. One wants to feel safe where they live. I'm a little surprised that the rape statistics are so high. With 86 per 100,000 residents, and a population of 286,000, that means a total of 246 rapes per year, that is one every 36 hours.

Looking at the City Data crime statistics //www.city-data.com/city/Corpus-Christi-Texas.html they indicate that Corpus has consistently had high levels of rape for the last 9 years, with a significant decrease in 2006, but in 2007 is was back up to the previous high levels.

The rate of rapes in Corpus Christi is over twice the national average of 40 per 100,000 residents.

I have to wonder what he reasons are for such a high crime rate for rape. One might be tempted to blame tourism, but looking at other coastal cities with high tourism I find most with significantly lower rates.

New Orleans, Louisiana 52 per 100,000
Miami, Florida 14 per 100,000
San Franciso 17 per 100,000
Tampa Florida 24 per 100.000
Orlando Florida 72 per 100,000 <-- not a coastal city.

One could blame the naval base, that is kind of an old cliche "lock up your daughters, the fleet is in port". But I don't know that there is any value to that old prejudice and am having trouble finding a list of naval base location.

San Diego has a naval base but a low rape rate.
San Diego, California 23 per 100,000
I did vacation there once but don't consider it much of a place for tourism.

I'm curious what others thing might be the reason for the high rape rate.
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Old 06-20-2009, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I found that Galveston, a smaller city, has a crime count for rape of 142 per 100,000. Tourism is certain to play a factor there.

Looking closer at Corus Christi crime statistics on the CC Police Dept website I was able to identify the neighborhoods with the highest incidence rates for rape. They are listed below, with a link to the detail and map page for each district with rates of 11 or higher. Several of these include nice areas with frontage along the bay, but many look like they have significant areas of lower income neighborhoods just based on google street views. i.e. small houses and or trailer parks.

Official web site for City of Corpus Christi, Texas
City Police District Map and crime statistics for the following areas:

Legend: A10 is district number, followed by number of incidents, followed by the highest number of incidents in the previous 10 years or so.

A10 1 high 10 in 1995
A20 4 high 7 in 2001
A30 3 high 9 in 1995
A40 2 high 5 in 2004

B10 5 high 12 in 1997
B20 10 high 15 in 1995
B30 1 high 2 in several years
B40 2 high 4 in 2004

C10 12 high 14 numerous years Map
C20 24 high 21-28 numerous years Bay frontage Map
C30 11 high 14 in 2001 Bay frontage Map
C40 ? doesn't seem to exist.
C50 8 high 22 in 2001
C60 7 high 16 in 1996
C70 8 high 13 in numerous years
C80 8 8 1996

D10 2 high 18 in 1999
D20 16 high 24 in 1999 Flour Bluff Map
D30 8 high 17 in 2001 marina area
D40 12 high 16-18 in numerous years Map
D50 6 high 10 in 1994
D60 11 high 12 in 2003 Bay frontage Map
D70 8 high 15 in 1995
D80 9 high 20 in 1996
D90 7 high 13 in 2000 & 2002
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:00 PM
 
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Wow, this could be a HUGE negative regarding my possible move to the area. Im a divorced mother with 2 daughters and I take in foster children. THESE statistics are truly frightening, why are the rates so high? I noticed most of the detailed statistics are from 2004, anything more updated? Has there been much of a change in this over the last 4 years?
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:09 PM
 
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Also, are the rape statistics just as high in SA or in the surrounding areas around CC?
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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It could be tourists doing the Spring Break drink and screw then suffering regret the next day, or the angry wife who files when he hubby forces himself, or the 18 yr old with the 15 or 16 yr old girlfriend and dad finds out. I would check with the Police department.
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Old 09-15-2009, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Calallen :)
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Also, are the rape statistics just as high in SA or in the surrounding areas around CC?
found this for you.

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Old 09-15-2009, 04:03 PM
 
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Also, are the rape statistics just as high in SA or in the surrounding areas around CC?
In 2007 Corpus had 83.1 rapes per 100,000 people. San Antonio had 48.2 rapes per 100,000 people.

SA has almost half the rapes with nearly 7 times the population.
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Old 09-15-2009, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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In 2007 Corpus had 83.1 rapes per 100,000 people. San Antonio had 48.2 rapes per 100,000 people.

SA has almost half the rapes with nearly 7 times the population.
And about 99% of those rapes were by thugs, gangsters, and drug dealers and the women who associate with them.
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:16 AM
 
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And about 99% of those rapes were by thugs, gangsters, and drug dealers and the women who associate with them.
Well, that's an odd number and group of suspects to throw out. Is there any data that confirms those three group of people were 99% of the cases?

Also, is CC the only place where 99% of rapes are committed by those three? Or can that be used for everyone else?
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:22 AM
 
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San Diego has a naval base but a low rape rate.
San Diego, California 23 per 100,000
I did vacation there once but don't consider it much of a place for tourism.

I'm curious what others thing might be the reason for the high rape rate.
The research I've done shows a lot of domestic violence here in Corpus which would include the rape cases. Another cause of crime here is the easy in and out of the place. Remember back several years ago when a woman was raped on the beach? The town went nuts over it because it was so out of the norm.
San Diego, Ca is a mecca for tourism and a lot of their money comes from it. It's a beautiful place and when we lived in Ca we went there several times a year.
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