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Houston Area Crime Trends

The rising crime rates in Houston are alarming to our staff at Crime Stoppers of Houston. We are dedicated to not only uncovering crippling crime trends, but also working to create positive change. Our team is working around the clock to provide innovative public safety solutions to our entire community and we hope you will join us in doing the same.

The statistics above are based on the reporting of Houston Police Department and research done by Crime Stoppers staff.

The way crimes are reported in the Greater Houston Area changed in July of 2019 and therefore the number for Robber-Commercial, Robbery-Individual, Burglary-Commercial, Burglary-Residential, and Theft are not easily comparable from 2018-2020 for Q1 and Q2. This is a major contributing factor for community concern. We need more and clear data that is widely available to community members in the Greater Houston Area.


Homicide:
50% increase (270 in 2019 versus 405 in 2020)
Sexual Assault: 4.01% decrease (2,018 in 2019 versus 1,937 in 2020)
Aggravated Assault: 28.36% increase (13,024 in 2019 versus 16,716 in 2020)

One of the trends our staff has noticed over the past year is our revolving door of felony defendants often granted multiple bonds under the guise of criminal justice reform. The number of defendants released on felony bond is staggering to us and in some cases, we have actually paid rewards for a felony suspect only to turn right around and offer another reward after they are charged with crimes while out on bond.

Crime Stoppers Director of Victim Services has been following this public safety concern and has been researching the real-life effects of the ramifications of criminal justice and felony bond reform.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR LATEST BOND REFORM REPORT!

Visit our Bail Reform Blog for Andy’s detailed research on what we have coined the ‘Harris County Bond Pandemic’. In this blog you will find his detailed research findings, as well as media interviews he has conducted.

If you live in Harris County, please watch. This public safety issue is one everyone should be very concerned with.

 



We invite you to watch Episode 15 of our podcast, The Balanced Voice in which Andy discuss the shocking trend of the repeat release of violent offenders on bond. In this conversation, Rania, Andy and expert contributor, Jennifer Hohman, break down how this disturbing trend correlates to rising crime rates and affects human trafficking victims.

Watch below or listen on your favorite podcast platform such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and iHeart!

Homicide: 50% increase (270 in 2019 versus 405 in 2020)

Homicide 2020 TOTAL

 

Homicide 2019 TOTAL

Sexual Assault: 4.01% decrease (2,018 in 2019 versus 1,937 in 2020)

Aggravated Assault: 28.36% increase (13,024 in 2019 versus 16,716 in 2020)

Crime Stoppers has been serving Harris County for 40 years as the leading public safety organization in regards to bridging the gap between law enforcement and the community.

While we have many proactive programs to enhance safety in the schools and the public, our first priority is to receive and relay critical information anonymously to our law enforcement partners in order for them to solve felony crimes quickly, efficiently and safely.

It’s our job and mission to ask tough questions in a respectful manner and more importantly offer solutions. This is the primary reason we feel it’s imperative to inform the community, highlight cases, discuss victim rights, school safety and other topical issues by launching our first ever Newsletter.

Click here to read our Crime Watch Tip Line Newsletter! 

Tip Line – How to Report
The Tip Line Program continues to be a national crime solving system and aims to equip and motivate all citizens to report crime. Through collaboration with more than 70 local and federal law enforcement agencies, the Tip Line has proven its success in solving and preventing crime in the Greater Houston Area.

Did you know? Tipsters remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $5,000

Report crime and suspicious activity by:

  • Calling 713-222-TIPS(8477)
  • Using our Mobile App (Download app name: Crime Stoppers Houston)
  • Submitting online here

Law Enforcement Victim Services Departments

  • Houston Police Department – 713-308-0080
  • Harris County Sheriff’s Office – 713-274-9369
  • Harris County District Attorney’s Office – 713-274-0250
  • Harris County Constable Pct. 5 – 832-927-1368
  • Harris County Constable Pct. 7 – 713-274-3521
  • Attorney General of Texas Crime Victim Services Division – 713-267-3004

Resources for Victims and Survivors

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

  • AVDA – 713-224-9911
  • Bay Area Turning Point – 281-286-2525
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water – 713-472-0753
  • Daya – 713-981-7645
  • Family Time – 281-446-2615
  • Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council – 281-400-3680
  • Houston Area Women’s Center – 713-528-2121

Drunk Driving

  • MADD – 281-590-2222

Homicide

  • Parents of Murdered Children – 713-472-5640 / 713-522-9045

Missing Persons

  • Texas Equusearch – 281-309-9500
  • Texas Center for the Missing – 281-309-9500

Sexual Assault of Children

  • The Children’s Assessment Center – 713-986-3300

Familiarize Yourself with Elected Officials
It is important to be aware of what role each entity plays in the fight against crime. From detainment to conviction everyone has a role to play.

  • Officer – Detains individual and contacts DA to see if they will accept charges. If charges are accepted, arrest is made and officer books individual.
  • District Attorney (DA) – Analyzes and gathers evidence to determine whether or not there are grounds for prosecution. Gives approval for arrest.
  • Judge – Oversees court proceedings.
  • Magistrate – Determines if the individual will be released on bond or detained in jail.


Access Safety Tips – Visit our Resource Center



Schedule a Presentation

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Support Public Safety Legislation
Crime Stoppers of Houston remains committed to fighting for legislative improvement to enhance victims’ rights and public safety.

The Texas 87th Legislative Session kicks off at the Capitol in Austin today. The following legislative items are on our agenda to support this session:
  • HB 670: This bill will enhance penalties for those who engage in what is known as ‘Celebratory Gunfire’. Reckless discharge of a firearm that causes serious bodily injury and or death may be punishable as a second-degree felony. In 2020, Harris County had several people injured and a nurse was killed as a result of ‘Celebratory Gunfire’.
  • Felony Bond Reform Bills are expected to be filed by Houston area Senators Paul Bettencourt and John Whitmire to address the ramifications of felony bond reform. This is an issue Crime Stoppers has been at the forefront and has led the charge to seek significant changes to enhance public safety when it comes to felony bond reform.
  • Allowing the Parole Board discretion when it comes to reviewing offenders for parole convicted of Assault with the Intent to Impede Breathing. Current statutes mandate yearly parole reviews for the above offenders. Legislation will be filed to allow the parole board the same discretion it has for other offenders convicted of violent crimes not to review for parole upon denial anywhere from 1-5 years.

We will continue to keep everyone updated as to how you can assist us now that the legislative session has started.