Houston crime on the decline in January; theft continues to trend down

Houston crime on the decline in January; theft continues to trend downPhoto: iStock
Published on February 06, 2019

Crime incidents in Houston saw an overall decrease last month, after a previous rise, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by 5.6 percent, from 8,924 in December to 8,421 in January. Crime trends are often seasonal, and some of the most common offenses tend to decline in winter, which might partly explain the most recent downward trend.

Theft and burglary led the most recent decrease in crime reports. Theft fell from 5,713 reported incidents in December to 5,372 in January. Burglary incidents went from 1,308 to 1,116 for the month, or about a 14 percent decrease.

There were 890 assault reports last month, and 717 robbery incidents. Assault incidents dropped from 971 offenses the previous month, while robbery reports decreased by 34 incidents.

Among the few types of offenses that saw an uptick last month, shooting reports went from 28 to 54.

When it comes to crime patterns in different areas of the city, the largest decline last month occurred in Memorial, Fort Bend / Houston and Westchase.

Thursdays, Wednesdays and Tuesdays experienced the most reported crimes last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays, while incidents on Thursdays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays went up. early afternoon, late afternoon and midday continue to see the most crime incidents on average each day.

To report a crime in progress or life-threatening emergency, call 911. To report a non-urgent crime or complaint, contact your local police department.

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