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Harris County, Texas Crime Statistics

This webpage contains crime figures for Harris County, Texas. You can examine the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime numbers over time, and see how Harris County compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records resources for Harris County, Texas, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 1,844,933 total crimes reported in Harris County, Texas (284,369 of them violent). Of the 184,493 crimes that occur a year in Harris County, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Harris County, Texas every 2 minutes. This includes 3,332 murders, 11,387 rapes, and more than one million thefts (including 247,142 motor vehicle thefts).

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in Harris County, Texas for all 10 years. Over that interval, reported crime in Harris County increased by 30 percent. Over that same time frame, violent crime increased by 34 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a gradual increase in crime over the last 10 years in Harris County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit nearly two hundred and thirty-five thousand for Harris County, Texas in 2009.

Crime Trends in Harris County, Texas (1999-2008)

Remember that these graphs show reported crime figures and some step offs in crime numbers may be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in counties like Harris County, Texas (1999-2008)

Visitors are cautioned against interpreting ranking data to determine 'how dangerous' a certain location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or differences in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual graph bars to see crime figures in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

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