DPS: Texas Crime Down for 2nd Consecutive Year
EL PASO — The major crime rate in Texas has dropped significantly for the second consecutive year, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Specifically, data shows decrease in measured crime by 8.3 percent in 2011.
“The continuing downward trend in index crimes is directly linked to the outstanding efforts of local law enforcement in Texas,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “The dedication and perseverance of all Texas law enforcement agencies in protecting the citizens and visitors of this state is commendable.”
The report also shows violent crime and property crimes both decreased in 2011 compared to 2010. The violent crime rate was down 9.3 percent in 2011, and the property crime rate decreased by 8.2 percent.
“While decreased crime as measured by the index crime rate is encouraging, unfortunately it is not an accurate reflection of all crime in Texas, and does not properly illustrate the threat posed by criminal enterprise organizations operating in Texas,” said Director McCraw. “Contemporary organized crime is increasingly transnational, opportunistic and hidden. Drug smuggling, human trafficking, extortion, corruption, and kidnapping are just a few of the crimes committed by criminal enterprise organizations that are not reflected in index crime reporting. Greater participation in the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) will provide increased accuracy and utility to Texas crime statistics.”