Tuesday, May 25, 2010

2009 crime data released

The FBI has released crime data for 2009. Overall:
Preliminary figures indicate that, as a whole, law enforcement agencies throughout the Nation reported a decrease of 5.5 percent in the number of violent crimes brought to their attention for 2009 when compared with figures reported for 2008. The violent crime category includes murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. The number of property crimes in the United States in 2009 decreased 4.9 percent when compared with data from 2008. Property crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. Arson is also a property crime, but data for arson are not included in property crime totals.
Here are the data for Texas cities with more than 100,000 people:


R. Shackleford said...

I'm suspicious about Round Rock's 128 murders two years in a row. Of course, I'm generally suspicious of any info coming from Bradley's fiefdom anyway.

Anonymous said...

Does Killen not count murders at Fort Hood? What about Hasan?

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I've had trouble trying to figure out the same thing. Based upon what the UCR and NIBRS publications say, it seems as though it depends upon which law enforcement agency (local/state or military) reported the incident.

Anonymous said...

Fort Hood is NOT Killeen. Fort Hood is a Federal Military Reservation. It is federal land and not a part of the State.

Anonymous said...

The biggest question is. If Crime is going DOWN, why is it that Police departments are clamoring for more and more cops?

Anonymous said...

Crime's not going down, reporting procedures are changing to make it look like crime is going down!

Use Dallas PD for an example and their procedural changes.

Gritsforbreakfast said...

FWIW, 4:02, Dallas PD fudged their numbers, for sure, but the same Dallas News reports that broke the story said even factoring out the fudging crime declined there.

Anonymous said...

Boy howdy - that's a lot of innocent people. lol


Anonymous said...

Guess those high incarceration rates are paying off after all, huh, Grits?

Gritsforbreakfast said...

Plato, there have to be crimes for someone to be falsely accused of them. If the wrong person is accused by the state between 1.4 and 3.3 percent of the time, that is indeed a lot of innocent people.

And 7:08, crime's going down everywhere and states that incarcerate less have seen crime reductions as great or greater than Texas. So if you like paying more for the same or worse results, you're welcome to tout that alternative, but there's a reason such puerile views are typically offered anonymously.

Anonymous said...

here is my two cents , if the state is in a budget crisis a all programs are being cut including Police officers , Then with the less enforcement of course there will be less Crime , Less reported and know about.(example) Just like those dead gang members at the bottom of the oil wells in Odessa Texas.

john said...

Huh? did I read that right? Dallas/Ft.Worth totals 2 million and Houston only totals 2.3 million? Did they count that looking from the east side of Houston? This is a region extending over several counties, now, and you can't tell where one stops and the other ends. Still, H had 287 murders to D/FW 200? Well, ouch, maybe we need coppers guarding instead of raising revenue from traffic stops.

Blue Roses said...

I'd like to find data on how much of the crime is attributed to teen-agers.

The presence of law enforcement on each high school campus lends it self to 'shootin' fish in a barrel' as they add to municipal coffers...big time.

Many of the tickets they assign are for minor offenses that have no business going through the courts.

Former High School Teacher in Texas

john said...

Besides looking at the school-cop revenue raisers, we also need to look at illegal-alien numbers, which rarely are brought out for more than a soundbite. I recently saw an article for CA which put the number very high. I'd expect a margin of error on such a count, but any general number should be heavily publicized nationally, to help wake folks up to what they can look forward. This State gov has become so fake, so reelect-me, and the politicians have such huge financial backers it's really becoming Chicago. Rick "Rod" Perry wants to be president, so he'll keep shilling for the Republicans against the citizens. Scary stuff.

Blue Roses said...

Good luck with anyone doing a head-count of illegals in the crimes-committed column.

Can't ask them whether they are citizens or not. It's illegal, even in the public school systems, isn't it?

Blue Roses said...

Unrelated question:

What is GFB's Face Book site? Can't find it anywhere.

Anonymous said...

Blue Roses:

I hear 'ya on the ticketing of "crimes" in the public schools. My current favorite example (from some recent testimony before a legislative committee) is a school district issuing a high number of citations, half of which were for "not doing homework".

I believe it was Abraham Lincoln who said that what we teach in our schools today will be reflected in our government of tomorrow.

It makes me fear what I'm in for when I get to the nursing home and the G (Gulag) Generation is in charge!

Blue Roses said...

"My current favorite example (from some recent testimony before a legislative committee) is a school district issuing a high number of citations, half of which were for "not doing homework"

Giving a ticket for not doing homework is a very difficult thing for me to process.

A teacher or district issuing a citation is something entirely different especially if there is a zero tolerance for accepting zeroes.

The problem comes in when detentions are assigned for those zeroes or disciplinary referrals for 'failure to attend' tutorials to make them up.

The complaining party should have won the case because you cannot attach discipline to academic performance in this state.

I'd love to read the testimony/transcript, to be sure.

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