(PRWEB) October 16, 2012
A review of recent crime statistics provides detail about crime in Houston for August 2012. Busted! Mugshots compiles the data from preliminary crime statistics to provide insight into how crime is trending month to month and for the year.
On a monthly basis, both violent crime and property crimes have fallen from July numbers. Within the violent crimes category, homicides and aggravated assault both recorded slight increases from July to August which were offset by drops in rape and robberies. The violent crimes category includes homicides, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.
In the property crime category, only burglary showed an increase from July to August. Property crimes consists of reported burglaries, larceny theft, and auto theft.
The year to date numbers are more mixed. Although fewer crimes have been reported through August 2012 than for the same period last year, a closer look reveals some interesting trends. Violent crime is on the increase from 2011, but because property crimes represent a greater portion of reported crimes the overall crime rate appears to have fallen based on fewer reported property crimes.
Homicides and robbery are up 18.9% and 16.2% respectively. While rape and aggravated assaults were down 14% and 3.4% year to date. It should be noted, that in 2011 there were fewer murders in Houston than any other year since 1965, which may help put the increase in murders from 2011 to 2012 in perspective.
Although overall property crimes are trending down in 2012 when compared to 2011, there has been a significant increase in auto thefts year to date. There were 7,934 auto thefts reported through August 2011 compared to 8,766 for the same period 2012, an increase of 10.5%.
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