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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 peopleWeslaco/100k peopleTexas/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime1,394n/a (estimate)3,3612,7322,324
Violent crime147n/a (estimate)354432370
Vehicle theft33n/a79.6331.2282.7
Property crime1,247n/a (estimate)3,0062,3001,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Weslaco, TX

The Weslaco crime rates are 44.6% higher than the national average. There are two main categories of crime - violent crime and property crime. Violent crime consists of murder, rape, robbery and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. There were a total of 147 violent crimes in Weslaco (354 per 100,000 people), which is 4.2% lower than the national average and there were a total of 1247 property crimes (3006 per 100,000 residents) which is 53.8% higher than average.

When it comes to violent crimes per 100,000 people, Weslaco maintains a rate that is very similar to the national average. With 354 reported violent crimes, it falls in line with the national average of 370. This alignment suggests that Weslaco shares a similar crime profile with other cities, highlighting its comparable level of safety within the broader urban landscape.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Weslaco?

What is the prevailing sentiment among Weslaco residents regarding the state of crime? A comprehensive survey conducted by AreaVibes, involving 10 respondents, sheds light on this matter. The results were as follows: 40% of Weslaco residents expressed a notable sense of security, asserting that crime was virtually non-existent in their community, and they felt at ease strolling the streets after dark. While, 60% of those surveyed held a contrasting viewpoint, perceiving a higher incidence of crime, leading them to feel apprehensive about walking alone at night.

Is Weslaco a Safe Place to Live?

To determine if Weslaco is a safe place to live, let's take a look at the overall crime rate of the area, as well as the number of daily crimes. Weslaco has a total crime rate that is 45% higher than the national average per 100,000 residents. This results in a total of 3.82 daily crimes (0.4 violent daily crimes and 3.42 daily property crimes) in Weslaco.

Has Crime in Weslaco Increased Since Last Year?

Year-over-year crime data allows us to analyze short-term trends in crime activity. By comparing crime rates from one year to the next, we can identify patterns and shifts in Weslaco crime rates. This information can be invaluable for residents looking to make informed decisions on where to live. When comparing the most recent year to the previous year, total crime in Weslaco has increased by 4.4% year over year. Violent crime has decreased by 23.8% and property crime has increased by 9.2%.

Potential Causes for Crime in Weslaco

In areas where employment options are limited or where a significant proportion of jobs offer meager wages, the likelihood of heightened unemployment and homelessness increases. Regions facing challenges related to unemployment or inadequate income may become more vulnerable to a surge in crime stemming from economic instability. While low unemployment rates tend to lead to reduced crime in most areas. Weslaco currently has an unemployment rate of 2.3%, contrasting with the national average of 4.7%. This could be one of many factors that could contribute to a higher or lower crime rate.

In Weslaco, the cost of living is 22.62% lower than the national average. A high cost of living can induce economic stress for locals, especially those with limited financial resources. When people grapple with soaring housing expenses, utility bills, healthcare costs, and other essential necessities, they may be driven towards criminal activities, including theft or fraud, as a means of financial survival. Conversely, cities boasting a lower cost of living may mitigate economic pressures and potentially result in reduced crime rates.

In Weslaco, the median home price stands at $91,500, diverging from the national average of $184,700. Elevated housing costs often induce financial strain among residents. When individuals grapple with the challenges of affording housing, they may find themselves compelled to resort to criminal activities as a means of addressing their financial hardships, including acts like theft or fraud. This predicament is particularly pronounced in areas where housing affordability poses a persistent issue, giving rise to heightened concerns regarding crime. In such instances, some individuals and families may find themselves constrained to reside in cramped or subpar housing conditions, exacerbating stress levels and potentially fostering domestic disputes and associated criminal incidents.

Weslaco crime map

The Weslaco crime map provides a detailed overview of all crimes in Weslaco 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 Weslaco crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a block group level. Please note that the red areas on the Weslaco 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

      • Weslaco crime rates are 45% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Weslaco are 4% lower than the national average
      • In Weslaco you have a 1 in 30 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Weslaco is safer than 22% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Weslaco has increased by 11%

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        Daily Crime In Weslaco (per 100,000 people)

        The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in Weslaco, per 100,000 residents. In Weslaco, the total number of daily crimes is 1.23 times more than the Texas average and 1.45 times more than the national average. Violent daily crime statistics in Weslaco are 1.22 times less than the Texas average and 1.04 times less than the national average. For property crime, Weslaco has a daily crime rate that is 1.31 times more than the Texas average and 1.54 times more than the daily national average.

        How Safe is Weslaco (higher is better)

        Compared to the other cities in Texas and all other cities across the US, is Weslaco safe? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Weslaco is safer than 19% of other cities in the state of Texas. In addition, Weslaco is safer than 22% of cities in the entire United States. To achieve these results, all Texas and United States cities were analyzed to determine how many locations had a lower crime rate than Weslaco. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Weslaco is below average in safety when compared with other United States cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Weslaco

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Weslaco is 1 in 283
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Weslaco is 1 in 34
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Weslaco is 1 in 30
        How likely are you to become a victim of crime? In Weslaco, Texas you have a 1 in 283 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and assault. With regards to property crime, you have a 1 in 34 chance of becoming a victim. Property crimes include burglary, theft and vehicle theft. Overall, you have a 1 in 30 chance of becoming a victim of crime in Weslaco.

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

        An analysis of year to year crime rates in Weslaco, Texas (per 100,000 people) is a useful indicator of whether the area is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live. The amount of violent crime in Weslaco has decreased by 19%, the amount of property crime in Weslaco has increased by 16%, and the total amount of crime in Weslaco has increased by 11% year over year.

        Weslaco police department

        Item Weslaco Texas National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)7546,020558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.03.03.3
        There are a total of 75 Weslaco police officers. This results in 2.0 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 33.1% less than the Texas average and 38.1% less 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
        Primera, TX5,02594169263
        Palm Valley, TX1,90997516612
        Sebastian, TX1,5082431,2911,534
        Muniz, TX1,3462431,2911,534
        Monte Alto, TX1,6672431,2911,534
        Progreso Lakes, TX3302471,3131,559
        La Blanca, TX2,5022541,3531,607
        Weslaco, TX41,1033543,0063,361

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        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Findlay, OH41,0981761,7731,948
        Hickory, NC41,0675303,5014,031
        Oviedo, FL41,06290607697
        Shelton, CT41,16250917967
        Manassas, VA41,0382942,2132,507
        Weslaco, TX41,1033543,0063,361
        Source: The Weslaco, 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.