The Houston Chronicle recently reported that numbers from the first half of 06 prove that Houston’s crime is up… in a big way.
City’s rise in violent crime outpaces U.S.
For the first half of ’06, Houston’s killings increased 28%, the nation’s 1.4%, report shows
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
Violent crime in Houston increased at nearly twice the national level for the first half of this year, compared with the same period last year, a preliminary FBI report indicates.
Nationwide, robberies were up by almost 10 percent, killings increased 1.4 percent and aggravated assaults increased 1.2 percent, while rapes decreased less than 0.1 percent. Overall, violent crime increased in all four regions of the country from January to June this year, compared with the same period last year.
Violent crimes, including killings and rapes, rose by 5.9 percent in Houston, the report indicates, compared with 3.7 percent nationwide. Killings in Houston during that period rose by a staggering 28 percent — from 158 last year to 202 this year. Rapes, aggravated assaults and property crimes all remained at about the same level.
For additional information on this, read blogHOUSTON’s post.