Waco, TX Criminal and Public Records

Are you searching for criminal records or background information on someone in Waco, TX? BeenVerified has access to public arrest records in McLennan County that can help you identify criminal background history for individuals in and around the Waco area. Waco has a population of 132,356, which makes it the 24th largest city in Texas, and an average income of $33,147. We’ve compiled helpful crime statistics below, or you can look up a specific person’s criminal records.

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Crime in Waco, TX

One of the first ways to gauge crime is to look at the reported crimes in that city over a year’s time. Keep in mind that you cannot compare one city’s reported crimes to another city’s reported crimes without also understanding any differences in population. In addition, the reported crime rate and the actual crime rate may be very different; crimes such as forcible rape are notoriously underreported, while crimes like motor vehicle theft have higher reporting rates.

In 2015, there were 695 reported violent crimes and 4913 reported property crimes in Waco. This compares to 113,227 reported violent crimes and 777,739 reported property crimes statewide in Texas. This makes Waco 88th in the state of Texas when it comes to violent crimes per 100k people.

The most common violent crime in Waco was agg. assault, with 453 reported. The most common property crime was larceny, with 3,614 reported.

In addition to these major crimes, there were a number of other offenses committed, but most of those were charged as misdemeanors. Our charts below have much more information.

Waco Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 24th
  • Violent Crimes: 16th (88th per 100k)
  • Murder: 6th (25th per 100k)
  • Rape: 19th (142nd per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 15th (125th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 20th (58th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 18th (104th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 15th (89th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 19th (110th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 38th (275th per 100k)
  • Arson: 9th (33rd per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 192nd
  • Violent Crimes: 178th (1,150th per 100k)
  • Murder: 58th (251st per 100k)
  • Rape: 114th (835th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 161st (1,293rd per 100k)
  • Robbery: 202nd (867th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 158th (1,446th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 127th (988th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 152nd (1,532nd per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 361st (2,088th per 100k)
  • Arson: 65th (419th per 100k)

In McLennan County (2015)

  • Population: 1st
  • Violent Crimes: 1st (4th per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Rape: 1st (4th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 1st (5th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 1st (4th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 1st (4th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1st (3rd per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 1st (4th per 100k)
  • Arson: 1st (1st per 100k)

General Data

  • Population: 132,356
  • Households: 46,719
  • Median Income: $33,147
  • Land Area: 89.02 miles2
  • Water Area: 12.297 miles2
  • Time Zone: CDT

Waco, TX Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 6 22
Rape 101 78
Agg. Assault 331 453
Robbery 138 142
Burglary 1373 1143
Vehicle Thefts 202 156
Arson 32 55

Violent Crimes in Waco, TX in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 22
Rape 78
Aggravated Assault 453
Robbery 142

Property Crimes in Waco, TX in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 1143
Larceny 3614
Motor Vehicle Theft 156
Arson 55

Burglary in Waco, TX

Year Burglary
2006 2188
2007 1987
2008 2090
2009 1897
2010 1856
2011 1670
2012 1550
2013 1508
2014 1373
2015 1143

Property Crimes in Waco, TX

Year Property Crimes
2006 7512
2007 8029
2008 7393
2009 7110
2010 6439
2011 6422
2012 5844
2013 5422
2014 5009
2015 4913

Texas Criminal Statistics:

Criminal Records Lookup

Do you want to lookup a specific individual’s criminal records? While a criminal background check may be important, it is important to understand that that the presence or absence of some criminal history may not be indicative of a person’s actual criminal behavior. People can be arrested for and charged with crimes that they did not commit, while other people may never be charged with crimes that they did commit. Therefore, when looking at an individual’s criminal background, it is important to understand the differences between arrests, charges, and convictions. It is equally important to understand that the absence of a criminal record does not guarantee that a person has not engaged in criminal behavior or will not engage in future criminal behavior.

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You may also want to look at statewide reporting numbers.

Texas Statistics:

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

While the overall numbers can help you find some information, the crime rate is more informative. The crime rate can be reported in various ways; here we have chosen to report the crime rate as incidents per 1,000 people. By looking at the crime rate in a city, you can determine whether that city is more or less dangerous than surrounding cities. Here, we have compiled comparisons of the rate for various crimes in Waco and compared them to the rates for that same crime in Texas and nationwide.

Burglary in the state of Texas

Year Burglary
2006 215647
2007 228313
2008 230123
2009 240233
2010 228597
2011 215223
2012 204810
2013 190898
2014 169234
2015 153054

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