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Total crime 95%
Violent crime 170%
Property crime 82%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2018 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2019; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleHouston/100k peopleTexas/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime118,095n/a (estimate)5,0362,7782,580
Murder276n/a11.84.65.0
Rape1,261n/a53.851.242.6
Robbery8,761n/a373.698.486.2
Assault13,764n/a587.0256.6246.8
Violent crime24,062n/a (estimate)1,026411381
Burglary16,317n/a695.8410.8376.0
Theft65,767n/a2,804.61,713.11,594.6
Vehicle theft11,949n/a509.6243.2228.9
Property crime94,033n/a (estimate)4,0102,3672,200

Key findings

  • Houston crime rates are 95% higher than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Houston are 170% higher than the national average
  • In Houston you have a 1 in 20 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Houston is safer than 3% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Houston has decreased by 6%

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The Houston crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Houston as reported by the local law enforcement agency. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Houston crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level.

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      Daily Crime In Houston (per 100,000 people)

      The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Houston, per 100,000 residents. In Houston, the total number of daily crimes is 1.81 times more than the Texas average and 1.95 times more than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Houston are 2.50 times more than the Texas average and 2.70 times more than the national average. For property crime, Houston has a daily crime rate that is 1.69 times more than the Texas average and 1.82 times more than the daily national average.

      How Safe is Houston (higher is better)

      When comparing the safety of Houston to every other city in Texas, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Houston safe? The gauges above illustrate that Houston is safer than 1% of every city located within Texas along with 3% of the all the cities located in the United States. The results of these graphs are created after analyzing each of the cities in Texas and in the United States as a whole. As a result, Houston, TX is ranked below average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Houston

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Houston is 1 in 98
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Houston is 1 in 25
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Houston is 1 in 20
      Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Houston, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 98. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 25 chance of being the victim of a property crime such as vehicle theft, personal property theft, and burglary. Your overall risk of becoming a crime victim in Houston is 1 in 20.

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

      The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Houston, TX is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Houston has not changed, while the property crime rate in Houston has decreased by 7% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Houston has decreased by 6% with regards to total crimes year over year.

      Houston police department

      ItemHoustonTexasNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)6,66346,020558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents3.13.03.3
      There are a total of 6,663 Houston police officers. This results in 3.1 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 1.8% greater than the Texas average and 5.9% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Texas

      StateTotal offendersTexas /100KNational /100K
      Texas95,281443266
      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, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Piney Point Village, TX3,31278451529
      Bunker Hill Village, TX3,90978451529
      West University Place, TX15,31813704717
      Hunters Creek Village, TX4,688107615722
      Spring Valley Village, TX4,098107615722
      Southside Place, TX1,7460854854
      Brookside Village, TX1,706128736863
      Houston, TX2,240,5821,0264,0105,036

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Chicago, IL2,714,0171,0063,1824,188
      Philadelphia, PA1,559,9389093,0974,006
      Phoenix, AZ1,555,3247333,4924,225
      San Antonio, TX1,439,3586273,9944,621
      San Diego, CA1,374,8123731,9092,282
      Houston, TX2,240,5821,0264,0105,036
      Source: The Houston, TX crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2018. 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.