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Community Safety

Community Safety

Uniform Crime Rate (UCR)

  • The City of Austin, the urban core of the region, continues to experience higher crime rates than surrounding areas – however, its UCR has decreased since 2009.
  • All counties in the region saw decreases in UCR in 2011.
Uniform Crime Rate (UCR)

The UCR is defined by the FBI (local definitions of specific crimes and rates often vary) and allows comparisons over time and between areas, but should not be used to rank areas.

Violent Crime

  • The number of violent offenses reported has increased from 4,574 in 2000 to 5,111 in 2011 (currently on a decline from 6,074 offenses in 2009), while the violent crime rate fell steadily from 383.7 in 2000 to 284.1 per 100,000 population in 2011.
  • Property crimes (not shown) are much more common than violent crimes, increasing in number from 51,324 in 2000 to 61,313 in 2011, while the rate decreased from 4,304.9 in 2000 to 3,408.5 in 2011.

Violent Crime

Perception of Crime

  • About 30% of Central Texas residents perceive that violent crimes in the region are increasing, slightly more than believe they are decreasing – statistically unchanged from 2008 and 2006.
  • Just over 40% of Central Texas residents do not have a strong opinion of how violent crime is changing.
  • In the CTSIP 2010 Community Survey, Burnet County has the lowest rate of perception of increasing violent crime at 23%; Travis County is the highest at 36%.
  • About 45% of Central Texas residents perceive that property crimes are increasing, unchanged from 2008.
  • Williamson County has the lowest rate of perception of increasing property crime at 35%; Travis County is the highest at 53%.
Perception of Crime

Survey Question: Over the past 2 years, how much do you feel that violent crime and property crime in your neighborhood or community has increased?

Perception of Crime

Survey Question: Over the past 2 years, how much do you feel that violent crime and property crime in your neighborhood or community has increased?

Perception of Safety

  • People at lower levels of household income are much more likely to feel afraid to walk in their neighborhoods at night (or during the day, not shown).
  • The percentage of respondents who feel fear in their environs has increased in all income brackets since 2008.
Perception of Safety

Survey Question: Is there any area in your neighborhood or community (within 1/2 mile of your home) where you are afraid to walk at night?

CURRENT STATE

Most of our communities are seeing fairly steady crime rates, even as the population grows.

IDEAL STATE

People in Central Texas communities are safe from crime.

CONTEXT

The presence of crime in both urban and rural communities can make people feel unsafe and fearful, often precluding them from full engagement in their communities.

Perhaps more influential than the actual incidence of crime we can verify is the perception of crime, the belief that you are not fully safe in your surroundings.

ADDITIONAL MEASURES

Indexed Property Crime

Perception Of Safe Neighborhood

Perception Of Safe Neighborhood By Gender

SOURCES

The Uniform Crime Rate (UCR) is a composite measure of seven offenses selected for their seriousness, frequency of occurrence, and likelihood of being reported to police. The Uniform Crime Rate (UCR) is defined by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (local definitions of specific crimes and rates often vary) and allows comparisons over time and between areas, but should not be used to rank areas.

U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations

Texas Department of Safety

CTSIP Community Survey

Data Limitations: Local jurisdictions often report local crime rates using different standards and definitions than reported under the UCR.