Rapes, homicides up in 2005
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
The number of homicides and rapes increased in Texas in 2005, but the state’s overall major crime rate dropped 3.5 percent, according to figures released Friday.
The Uniform Crime Reporting statistics released by the Texas Department of Public Safety tracks crime rates per 100,000 residents.
And while crimes categorized as “major” were down overall, Texas had 1,405 homicides, an increase of 3.4 percent from 1,359 in 2004.
Texas authorities also reported 8,505 rapes, up 1.2 percent over the 2004 figure of 8,401.