Overall crime rates are decreasing across Houston: What we know from HPD

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“I would say ‘One Safe Houston’ is working and it’s now been in effect for more than one year and the numbers are reflective, but we still have a lot of work to do,” Mayor Turner said.

However, property crimes and auto thefts are up 14% and burglaries increased by 2%.

“When I look at the stats and I look at each district, each councilmember, overall crime is down and that is to be commended,” Finner said. “This is just the first quarter. And I ask that we continue to get support from everybody around this room and also our citizens. We still have to make smart decisions. We still have to help our neighbors out. Summer is coming.”

The city experienced an increase in violent crime during the COVID-19 pandemic. Factors that contributed to a spike in violent crime nationally include widespread social anxiety, economic uncertainty, mental health concerns, an increased presence of illegally owned firearms, and a strained court system plagued by criminal case backlogs that impact the pretrial, release, and prosecution of violent offenders, HPD said.

In 2021, the city launched a violent crime initiative that resulted in the reduction of crime in many identified “hot spots.” By the end of the initiative, all violent crime categories were reduced, except homicide. HPD later launched the ‘The initiative focuses on four key areas:

 

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