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Carrollton Ranked One of the Safest Cities in Texas

Post Date:12/14/2018 2:58 PM

The City of Carrollton continues to experience one of the lowest rates of crime among surrounding cities of comparable size in North Texas.

City (100,000+)

2017 Crime Rate

McKinney

14.85

Frisco

15.82

Plano

18.65

CARROLLTON

18.74

Richardson

21.48

Lewisville

22.57

Denton

25.50

Grand Prairie

27.32

Irving

27.66

Garland

33.49

Arlington

36.72

Fort Worth

37.35

Dallas

39.60

Mesquite

40.72

The Texas Department of Public Safety recently released its 2017 Crime in Texas report, a compilation of crime data published annually that enables cities to compare crimes and crime trends across jurisdictions.

In comparison with 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 2017, the most recent rating available, stands at 18.74, 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 almost 7 percent in 2017 compared to 2016, and has declined by more than 30 percent since 2010 in the same crime categories.”

safe-cities-badge-texasAlmost identical rankings were found in a study conducted by the National Council for Home Safety and Security – an alarm industry council whose goal is to further industry education and public knowledge regarding home safety and security. The study listed the City of Carrollton as one of the Safest Cities in Texas in 2018 with the fourth lowest crime rate among its comparably-sized cities in North Texas.

The council reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with their own population data and internal research, eliminated cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI, and removed cities with populations under 10,000.

The remaining cities were ranked on the basis of the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes, due to their severity, accounting for 1.5 of the total than property crimes. 

Redden credits Carrollton’s crime reduction within the community to its use of intelligence-led and community policing-models to focus on the core issues of crime and the proactive way in which the Carrollton Police Department protects the community while treating all they encounter with professionalism, dignity, and respect.

“It is truly a partnership between the police and our community that makes us all much safer,” Redden said. “We’re in it together and together, we can make a difference.”

The police department also participates in many community engagement events such as National Night Out held just this past October. Police, along with Mayor Kevin Falconer and the City Council visited neighborhoods that had gatherings planned to promote the police-community-building campaign. Seven groups participated to bring police and residents together under positive circumstances.

“Stepping out of the office and into the neighborhood helps the City reach its citizens in a more personalized way,” said Mayor Kevin Falconer. “We, like our residents, are interested in what can make Carrollton a better place to live and raise a family.”

Police Chief Derick Miller encourages residents to attend these gatherings.

“Community engagement is a priority at The Carrollton Police Department, and we are intentional in our efforts to build and maintain good relationships with the people we serve,” Miller said. “Events such as Coffee with a Cop, Citizen’s Police Academy, and UNIDOS are all great opportunities for us to meet with citizens, discuss particular concerns, or just get to know each other better.”

For more information on Carrollton’s public safety and community outreach efforts, visit cityofcarrollton.com/police. To view the DPS 2017 Crime in Texas report, visit dps.texas.gov/administration/crime_records/pages/crimestatistics.htm. For the latest FBI statistics, visit ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2016/crime-in-the-u.s.-2016/tables/table-6/table-6.xls/view.
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