Total crime NAT. AVG.
Violent crime NAT. AVG.
Property crime NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2022 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2023; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleCenter/100k peopleTexas/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime135n/a (estimate)2,6412,7322,324
Violent crime23n/a (estimate)450432370
Vehicle theft5n/a97.8331.2282.7
Property crime112n/a (estimate)2,1912,3001,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Center, TX

Looking at the most recent crime report, the crime rate in Center is 13.7% higher than the national average. These crimes fall into two primary categories: violent and property. Violent crimes encompass murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes involve theft, vehicle theft and burglary. In Center, there were 23 reported violent crimes, equivalent to 450 per 100,000 individuals, 21.7% higher than the national average. Additionally, there were 112 property crimes, amounting to 2191 per 100,000 residents, 12.1% higher than the U.S. average.

The Center crime rate is about average when compared to all the other cities across the U.S. per 100,000 residents. When we compared the total crimes (violent and property) in Center, we found that the reported crime rates were almost equal to the average of all other areas that reported crime.

Center showcased a dedication to violent crime safety in its latest reported crime year by achieving a murder rate of 0. This accomplishment could indicate that it is a safe place for residents, but also provides a shining example to other urban areas endeavoring to create safer communities.

Center exhibits a property crime rate closely aligned with the national average. There were 2191 reported property crimes, which closely matches the national average of 1954 per 100,000 people. Consequently, the area's safety profile mirrors that of an average city, neither notably safer nor more dangerous than the norm. This balance suggests that Center maintains a consistent approach to property crime prevention in line with the broader national landscape.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Center?

AreaVibes has conducted polls asking local residents if they feel safe living in Center. Based on the results of the surveys (7 responses), 29% of people felt that there was very little crime in Center and felt safe walking alone at night. While 71% of people felt that it was not a safe place to live and did not feel safe walking alone at night.

Is Center a Safe Place to Live?

Determining whether Center is a place to live may not always yield a simple answer, given the city's varying safety levels across different areas. Nonetheless, comprehending the city's overall crime rate can be a valuable asset. In broad terms, Center has an overall crime rate that is 14% higher than the national average. When we take a look at crime on a daily basis, this translates into 0.37 daily occurrences, comprising 0.06 violent crimes and 0.31 property crimes. Scrutinizing these statistics provides a foundation for a more informed assessment of the suitability of Center as a potential place to establish residency.

Has Crime in Center Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows residents and potential residents to assess the crime in Center. A decrease in crime rates may indicate improving safety, while an increase could raise concerns. The year-over-year crime rate in Center has decreased by 1.5%. Violent crimes have increased by 91.7%, while property crimes have decreased by 10.4%. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, authorities and communities can identify trends and patterns in criminal activity. This helps in understanding whether crime is increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable over time.

Potential Causes for Crime in Center

Center has a poverty rate that stands at 38.3, in contrast to the national average of 15.1. Historically, a direct correlation has been observed between poverty rates and crime stats. Higher poverty rates have led to higher crime rates, while lower poverty rates have led to a reduction in Center crime rates. Income disparities and heightened poverty levels can serve as catalysts for elevated or reduced criminal activity, as individuals may or may not turn to illicit means to fulfill their basic needs. This could be one of many factors that may influence crime.

Highly populated regions typically encompass expansive urban hubs teeming with diverse economic prospects. Within these areas, income inequality can be exacerbated, giving rise to enclaves of poverty amid affluence. Communities marked by economic disparities may contend with heightened property crimes, and in certain instances, violent crimes. Conversely, regions characterized by low population density often exhibit lower Center crime rates. For instance, in Center, the population density stands at 660.6 people per square mile, diverging from the national average of 90.6 people per square mile.

Law enforcement and community policing efforts can play a pivotal role in shaping crime rates. Establishing a robust and cooperative partnership between the police and the community can act as a deterrent to criminal behavior and enhance overall safety. In Center, the ratio of police officers and civilians per 1,000 residents differs from the national average, with 5.09 officers and civilians per 1,000 residents compared to 3.25 nationally. Effective law enforcement often hinges on community policing strategies that prioritize the cultivation of trust and collaboration between law enforcement and the community. It's not solely about the quantity of officers but also the quality of their engagement with the community.

Center crime map

The Center crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Center as reported by the local law enforcement agencies. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Center crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Center crime map does not always indicate that it is a dangerous area for its residents. Areas on the heat map could be inflated if they are located in high traffic areas like airports, sports centers or large parks. Other areas on the heat map could see increased crime rates if they are located in major tourist areas like the downtown core.
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      Crime Quick Facts

      • Center crime rates are 14% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Center are 22% higher than the national average
      • In Center you have a 1 in 38 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Center is safer than 21% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Center has decreased by 3%

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        Daily Crime In Center (per 100,000 people)

        The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Center, per 100,000 residents. In Center, the total number of daily crimes is 1.03 times less than the Texas average and 1.14 times more than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Center are 1.04 times more than the Texas average and 1.22 times more than the national average. For property crime, Center has a daily crime rate that is 1.05 times less than the Texas average and 1.12 times more than the daily national average.

        How Safe is Center (higher is better)

        Are people any safer living in Center in comparison to other Texas communities and all other areas throughout the United States? When we look at all cities across America, is Center safe? The evidence provided by these graphs show Center being safer than 18% of cities in Texas and 21% of cities across the United States. This is evident by tracking Texas cities as well as all US cities over a one year period to contrast crime statistics as they relate to Center. In conclusion, Center ranks below average compared to the rest of the United States.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Center

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Center is 1 in 223
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Center is 1 in 46
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Center is 1 in 38
        Are you at risk of becoming a victim of crime in Center, Texas? If you reside in Center, then there is a 1 in 223 chance that you will experience a violent crime. These types of crimes may include homicide, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. Your risk of being a victim of property crime is 1 in 46. These types of crime include burglary, petty theft, and theft of motor vehicles. Altogether, there is a 1 in 38 risk that you will become a victim of crime in Center.

        Year Over Year Crime In Center (per 100,000 people)

        The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Center, TX is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Center has increased by 88%, while the property crime rate in Center has decreased by 12% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Center has decreased by 3% with regards to total crimes year over year.

        Center police department

        Item Center Texas National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)2746,020558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents5.13.03.3
        There are a total of 27 Center police officers. This results in 5.1 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 69.2% greater than the Texas average and 56.5% greater than the National average.

        Sex offenders in Texas

        State Total offenders Texas /100K National /100K
        There are a total of 95,281 sex offenders in Texas. This yields a total of 443 sex offenders in Texas per 100,000 residents which is 67% greater than the national average.

        Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Tenaha, TX1,595000
        Timpson, TX1,2072301,2231,453
        Logansport, LA1,8783011,3141,615
        Joaquin, TX8706123,2583,869
        Center, TX5,1784502,1912,641

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Hoopeston, IL5,1784811,6102,091
        Sheldon, IA5,1783167991,114
        Swartz, LA5,1765832,5483,131
        Moyock, NC5,180119605724
        Grosse Pointe, MI5,1761811,5581,739
        Center, TX5,1784502,1912,641
        Source: The Center, TX crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2022. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.