(PRWEB) October 02, 2012
The latest Bustedmugshots.com report details recent statistics relating to property and violent crime in Austin, Texas. Although violent crimes are down in 2012, declines in rape and robbery categories have kept the violent crime rate below that of 2011, even though murders and aggravated assaults are up slightly in 2012.
Based on preliminary figures, Austin Police reported a 3% decrease in violent crimes August 2012 year to date. The violent crime category includes murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.
Arrests for property crimes increased across the board, up 2.8% in August year-to-date. The property crimes category primarily consists of reported burglary, theft, and auto theft information.
In 2012, narcotics offenses decreased by about 7.0% compared to the same period in 2011 and DWI offenses are up significantly (18%) in 2012. The rise in DWI offenses may simply reflect the increased effort of the Austin Police Department to find and arrest drunk drivers rather than indicating there are more drivers behind the wheel while intoxicated now than there were in 2011.
Crime is also down across a number of other categories, but among the more serious crimes there are some trends that are worth noting. Auto thefts are up by more than 10%, while thefts and burglary are up 2.6% and 1.5% respectively. Although the data is preliminary, there does seem to be a significant increase in auto thefts especially on the city’s southwest side (which has seen a 66% increase compared to last year).
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