HOUSTON (KIAH) — The number of violent crimes in Houston has decreased from 2021 to 2022, according to preliminary crime data provided by the Houston Police.
HPD chief Troy Finner on Wednesday presented data to Houston City Council members that said violent crimes such as murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault were down in 2022 compared to 2021. The number of murders in the city decreased by 9% (477 murders). in 2021 to 435 in 2022).
The data also showed that robberies also fell by 9%, aggravated assault by 8%, rape by 18% and crimes related to human trafficking by 32%.
The only violent crime that did increase was kidnapping, which increased from 226 cases in 2021 to 369 in 2022, representing a 63% increase.
Non-violent crime in Houston did increase, including theft (7% increase). Only burglaries decreased, but only by 1%.
Organized crime thefts of catalytic converters and theft of firearms not properly secured in vehicles increased the number of reported car thefts by 11 percent.
The report says that in 2022, for the fifth year in a row, HPD employees and investigators arrested more than 21,000 people accused of serious crimes, with a total of more than 105,000 people arrested.
The report is part of the city’s One Safe Houston program, which also resulted in the hiring of an additional 2,000 officers during Mayor Sylvester Turner’s tenure. Last month, Turner and the city council also approved a $10,000 incentive to hire police cadets.