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 peopleWichita Falls/100k peopleTexas/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime3,450n/a (estimate)3,3392,7322,324
Violent crime486n/a (estimate)470432370
Vehicle theft301n/a291.3331.2282.7
Property crime2,964n/a (estimate)2,8682,3001,954

An Overview of Crime Rates in Wichita Falls, TX

Crime is typically categorized into two main types: violent and property crimes. Violent crimes encompass offenses such as murder, rape, robbery, and assault, while property crimes include burglary, theft, and vehicle theft. Based on the most recent report, the Wichita Falls crime rate is higher than the national average by 43.6%. Specifically, there were 486 violent crimes in Wichita Falls, equivalent to 470 per 100,000 individuals, higher than the national average by 27.2%. Furthermore, Wichita Falls recorded 2964 property crimes, amounting to 2868 per 100,000 residents, which was higher than the average by 46.8%.

Despite a steady decline in murder rates in the United States since 1990, recent years have witnessed an unfortunate uptick. Wichita Falls stands out with one of the nation's highest murder rates, surpassing other cities that reported crime. In Wichita Falls, there were a total of 14 murders, translating to 14 murders per 100,000 people, underscoring the pressing need for continued efforts to address and reduce severe violent crime in the area.

What Do the Locals Say About Crime in Wichita Falls?

AreaVibes surveyed 49 local residents in Wichita Falls to gauge the safety of the area. Based on the results, 37% of people answered that there was very little crime in Wichita Falls and that they felt very comfortable walking alone at night. Another 63% of people responded that there was far too much crime and they would be hesitant to walk the streets alone at night. Keep in mind that the opinions of residents may vary depending on which area they live in.

Is Wichita Falls a Safe Place to Live?

Determining whether Wichita Falls 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, Wichita Falls has an overall crime rate that is 44% higher than the national average. When we take a look at crime on a daily basis, this translates into 9.45 daily occurrences, comprising 1.33 violent crimes and 8.12 property crimes. Scrutinizing these statistics provides a foundation for a more informed assessment of the suitability of Wichita Falls as a potential place to establish residency.

Has Crime in Wichita Falls Increased Since Last Year?

In the most recent crime report, year-over-year crime rates in Wichita Falls has decreased by 10%. Examining the change in crime rates from one year to the next provides valuable insights into the evolving safety landscape of Wichita Falls, aiding residents in assessing whether it is becoming a safer or more dangerous place to live. These crime rates are categorized into two primary groups: violent and property crimes. Year-over-year, violent crime has decreased by 18.9%, while property crime has decreased by 8.3%. This comprehensive analysis offers potential residents essential information for making informed decisions about whether or not Wichita Falls is a safe place to live.

Potential Causes for Crime in Wichita Falls

The economic well-being of a city's residents plays a significant role in crime rates. High poverty rates and income inequality can lead to increased crime stats as individuals may resort to illegal activities to meet their basic needs. While lower rates could lead to a lower Wichita Falls crime rate. The poverty level in Wichita Falls is 19.7%, while the national average is 15.1%.

The educational level within a community can have an influence on crime rates. Typically, higher levels of education are associated with reduced crime rates, as they offer individuals improved employment prospects and alternatives to engaging in criminal activities. Conversely, lower educational attainment tends to correspond with higher crime rates. In Wichita Falls, 77.1% of residents have achieved at least a high school diploma, which differs from the national average of 83%.

The median home price in Wichita Falls is $104,800, compared to the national average of $184,700. High housing costs can lead to financial stress for residents. When individuals struggle to make ends meet due to expensive housing, they may be more inclined to engage in criminal activities to address their financial difficulties, such as theft or fraud. Communities with stable housing environments tend to foster stronger social bonds and community engagement. This can lead to increased vigilance and cooperation among residents, which can deter criminal behavior.

Wichita Falls crime map

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

      • Wichita Falls crime rates are 44% higher than the national average
      • Violent crimes in Wichita Falls are 27% higher than the national average
      • In Wichita Falls you have a 1 in 30 chance of becoming a victim of crime
      • Wichita Falls is safer than 17% of the cities in the United States
      • Year over year crime in Wichita Falls has decreased by 8%

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        Daily Crime In Wichita Falls (per 100,000 people)

        The bar chart above reveals the rate of daily crimes in Wichita Falls for every 100,000 residents. The Wichita Falls total amount of daily crime is 1.22 times more than the Texas average and 1.44 times more than than that of the nation. As for violent crimes, the daily average in Wichita Falls, is 1.09 times more than the Texas average, and it is 1.27 times more than the national average. The statistics for property crimes show that Wichita Falls has a daily crime average that is 1.25 times more than the Texas average and 1.47 times more than the daily national rate.

        How Safe is Wichita Falls (higher is better)

        When comparing the safety of Wichita Falls to every other city in Texas, as well as the entirety of the United States, is Wichita Falls safe? The gauges above illustrate that Wichita Falls is safer than 14% of every city located within Texas along with 17% 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, Wichita Falls, TX is ranked below average when compared to the rest of the US cities.

        Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Wichita Falls

        The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Wichita Falls is 1 in 213
        The chance of being a victim of property crime in Wichita Falls is 1 in 35
        The chance of being a victim of crime in Wichita Falls is 1 in 30
        Are you worried about becoming a crime victim? In Wichita Falls, your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 213. Types of violent crimes may include assault, robbery, rape, or murder. You also have a 1 in 35 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 Wichita Falls is 1 in 30.

        Year Over Year Crime In Wichita Falls (per 100,000 people)

        A good indicator of whether Wichita Falls is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live can be determined by analyzing the year over year crime rate (per 100,000 people). The number of violent crimes in Wichita Falls has decreased by 17%, while the property crime rate in Wichita Falls has decreased by 6% year over year. The number of total crimes in Wichita Falls has decreased by 8% year over year.

        Wichita Falls police department

        Item Wichita Falls Texas National
        Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)27446,020558,732
        Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.63.03.3
        There are a total of 274 Wichita Falls police officers. This results in 2.6 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 13.6% less than the Texas average and 20.1% 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
        Iowa Park, TX6,37045409455
        Burkburnett, TX11,241190470660
        Lakeside City, TX1,056139742882
        Holliday, TX1,6731829691,151
        Jolly, TX2233481,8502,198
        Cashion Community, TX2454412,3492,791
        Pleasant Valley, TX3015072,7013,208
        Wichita Falls, TX104,6574702,8683,339

        Cities with similar population

        City Population Violent crime/100k people Property crime/100k people Total crime/100k people
        Norwalk, CA104,5243861,8712,256
        Green Bay, WI104,5084271,7252,151
        San Tan Valley, AZ104,9365652,6913,256
        Allen, TX104,0402231,1881,411
        League City, TX105,4101081,2851,393
        Wichita Falls, TX104,6574702,8683,339
        Source: The Wichita Falls, 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.