There’s been a lot of news coverage about the increase in crime in Houston and Harris County. It should come as no surprise that that includes Pasadena as well.
Violent crime is on the rise around the city
— reported by the Pasadena Citizen
Like most other major cities in Texas, Pasadena showed increases in violent crime from 2004 to 2005.
Overall Pasadena had a decrease in crime. The increases in robbery and aggravated assault cases, however, outweighed the decreases in homicide and rape for the year.
Pasadena had a decrease of the number of homicides from eight to five and a decrease in the number of rapes from 57 to 51 from 2004 to 2005. During the same period, there were an additional 17 robberies and an additional 47 aggravated assaults.
Pasadena Police Chief Mike Massey said the city is still safe. He said the city has had significant reductions in overall crime and for the upcoming year the city will be competing with itself. He said the department will continue to have initiatives to respond to increases in particular areas.
In addition to competing with the decreases there have been factors which have changed the overall makeup of Pasadena.
Vance Mitchell, a spokesman for Pasadena police, said since September there has been increases in crime which appears to be linked to the Hurricane Katrina evacuees and to the economy.