While Houston was recently rated as the 4th most dangerous city in Texas according to a study we completed, crime is still showing a downward trend in the city. The most recent crime statistics from City-Data.com show that the crime index for Houston in 2014 was 534.5, down 151.4 points from 2002.
While murders and rapes show a slight decline, the rate of arson’s across the city showed a seriously decline of almost half. In 2002, there were 1,696 arson crimes in Houston and that dropped to just 716 in 2014.
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Unfortunately the decline needs to be more significant across the board to alter Houston’s reputation for being a dangerous city. The Houston crime rate is still more than double the national average, with robberies showing the biggest gap.