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Crime Rates in Carrollton Dip to Lowest in Recent History

Post Date:09/20/2017 6:26 PM

The City of Carrollton continues to experience one of the lowest rates of crime among surrounding comparably sized North Texas cities.

City (100,000+)

2016 Crime Rate

 McKinney

14.53

Frisco

15.43

Plano

20.16

CARROLLTON

21.15

Richardson

23.32

Denton

25.04

Lewisville

26.04

Grand Prairie

26.88

Irving

29.12

Garland

35.29

Arlington

37.11

Fort Worth

37.93

Dallas

41.62

Mesquite

42.10

The Texas Department of Public Safety released its 2016 Crime in Texas report, a compilation of crime data published annually that enables cities to compare crimes and crime trends across jurisdictions.

Among similarly sized cities within the North Texas jurisdiction—those with a population of more than 100,000—Carrollton’s numbers are the fourth lowest. According to the report, Carrollton has a comparable crime ranking to that of suburban cities located in Collin County and the lowest ranking of the larger cities in all of Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant Counties. 

Carrollton Executive Director of Public Safety Rex Redden said since 2000, Carrollton’s population has shown steady growth while crime has shown a steady decrease.

“The vast majority of crime in Carrollton is related to property crime: theft primarily, but also burglaries of homes and vehicles,” Redden said. “The most important part of keeping the crime rate low is for residents to not get complacent. Carrollton is a safe community, but in order to keep valuables secure, doors must be locked, garage doors kept closed, and property not left out in the open. Removing the opportunity for a crime to occur will greatly reduce the risk of becoming a crime victim.”

The DPS report is based on Part 1 Index Crimes which include murder, rape, robbery, burglary, theft (larceny), and auto theft. When comparing Part 1 index crimes, the rate is per 1,000 residents. Carrollton’s crime rate for 2016 stands at 21.15, the lowest crime rate in Carrollton’s recent history.

“The significance of this comparison is that the information source is the Texas Department of Public Safety, which provides a single statistical compilation method to compare crime occurrences in all Texas cities,” said Marc Guy, Assistant City Manager. “Based upon the standardized crime report, Carrollton's overall Part 1 index crime rate declined by nearly 8 percent in 2016 compared to 2015, and has declined by 24 percent since 2010 in the same crime categories.”

Redden explained that Carrollton uses intelligence led and community policing models to focus on the core issues of crime which has helped reduce the number of instances within the community.

“It is truly a partnership between the police and our community that makes us all much safer,” Redden said. “We are truly In It Together.”

The police department also participates in many community engagement events such as National Night Out which will be held on October 3. Police and Fire Departments will be out visiting the neighborhoods that have a gathering planned.

“Other events such as Coffee with a Cop, Citizen’s Police Academy, UNIDOS, and In It Together are great opportunities for us to meet with citizens and discuss particular concerns or just get to know each other better. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for the latest news and information about upcoming events.”

For more information on Carrollton’s public safety and community outreach efforts, visit cityofcarrollton.com/police. To view the DPS 2016 Crime in Texas report, visit dps.texas.gov/administration/crime_records/pages/crimestatistics.htm.

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