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Disclaimer: The city of Houston resides in these counties: Fort Bend County, Harris County, Montgomery County.


Houston Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 1st
  • Violent Crimes: 1st (22nd per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (29th per 100k)
  • Rape: 2nd (200th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 1st (68th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 1st (57th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 1st (87th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1st (82nd per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 1st (13th per 100k)
  • Arson: 1st (58th per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 4th
  • Violent Crimes: 4th (363rd per 100k)
  • Murder: 4th (284th per 100k)
  • Rape: 8th (993rd per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 4th (849th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 2nd (74th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 2nd (963rd per 100k)
  • Burglary: 1st (977th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 2nd (1,328th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 2nd (231st per 100k)
  • Arson: 3rd (540th per 100k)

In Harris County (2015)

  • Population: 1st
  • Violent Crimes: 1st (3rd per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Rape: 1st (6th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 1st (5th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 1st (3rd per 100k)
  • Burglary: 1st (3rd per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1st (3rd per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Arson: 1st (2nd per 100k)

General Data

  • Population: 2,296,224
  • Households: 814,599
  • Median Income: $46,187.00
  • Land Area: 637.543 miles2
  • Water Area: 28.307 miles2
  • Time Zone: CDT

Houston, TX Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 242 303
Rape 812 986
Agg. Assault 10768 10427
Robbery 10186 10278
Burglary 21629 19859
Vehicle Thefts 14443 13560
Arson 716 671

Violent Crimes in Houston, TX in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 303
Rape 986
Aggravated Assault 10427
Robbery 10278

Property Crimes in Houston, TX in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 19859
Larceny 66634
Motor Vehicle Theft 13560
Arson 671

Robbery in Houston, TX

Year Robbery
2006 11371
2007 11479
2008 10603
2009 11367
2010 9449
2011 8054
2012 9385
2013 9891
2014 10186
2015 10278

Larceny in Houston, TX

Year Larceny
2006 73091
2007 74817
2008 68598
2009 77058
2010 74582
2011 68596
2012 67978
2013 73591
2014 68125
2015 66634

Texas Criminal Statistics:


As the table-above indicates, major crimes in 2015 in Houston, TX included 21994 violent crimes and 100053 property crimes. The 21994 violent crimes included: 303 murders, 10427 aggravated assaults, 986 forcible rapes, and 10278 robberies. The 100053 property crimes included: 13560 motor vehicle thefts, 19859 burglaries, 671 counts of arson, and 66634 counts of larceny and/or theft. Of course, there were additional offenses in Houston, TX which fell outside of the major crime category; these crimes are generally charged as misdemeanors. It is important to realize that the numbers above reflect the reported crime rate, not the actual crime rate. Depending on the crime, there can be a huge disparity between the actual crime rate and the reporting rate.

Crime Category 2014 2015
Violent Crimes 109414 113227
Murder 1184 1316
Rape 19629 21175
Agg. Assault 65656 67727
Robbery 31181 31934
Property Crimes 813934 777739
Burglary 169234 153054
Larceny 576154 557200
Vehicle Thefts 68546 67485
Arson 0 0

Looking for information on a specific individual in Houston, TX? BeenVerified can help you locate background check and criminal records for individuals living in Houston or in the greater Houston, TX metropolitan area. These records can help you determine if someone has been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of a crime. However, it is important to realize that the absence of a criminal record is no guarantee that a person has not engaged in criminal behavior.

Most major metropolitan areas include suburbs and surrounding areas. Crimes in those areas may not be charged in the city, but in the surrounding county or state. Therefore, it may be important to look at statewide crime statistics.


Robbery in the state of Texas

Year Robbery
2006 37254
2007 38769
2008 37753
2009 38035
2010 32843
2011 28395
2012 30382
2013 31801
2014 31181
2015 31934

You may also want to look at crime trends to compare a city to the state or the country, as a whole. To do this, you do not look at the overall number of crimes, but at the crime rate. It is also helpful to look at crime rates over time to determine whether a city or state is experiencing a growth in crime compared to the country, as a whole. Conventionally, the crime rate is reported as incidents per 1,000 people.

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