According to Hoodline, Austin crime levels dropped significantly in the month of April as opposed to March.
Hoodline reports that the total number of incidents fell from 8,693 incidents in March to 7,856 incidents in April, nearly a 10 percent drop in over-all crime.
Incidents of theft and domestic offenses dropped the most between March and April, with nearly 1,400 reports of theft in March to just under 1,150 in April, and an 11 percent decrease of domestic offenses, with an overall drop when compared to April of 2018.
There was also a large decrease in April for burglary incidents (347 in March, opposed to 259 in April) and alcohol-related incidents (down from 398 in March to 313 in April. Reported harassment incidents have also gone down by an estimated 11 percent between April of 2018 and April of 2019, as reported by Hoodline.
North Austin, Downtown Austin and East Cesar Chavez saw the largest decline in crime-related incidents from March of 2019 to April of 2019, and has declined the most in the last year in South River City. The Pleasant Valley area has seen the biggest increase in crime-related incidents.
According to the U.S. News & World Report, Austin, Texas is rated the number one place to live in the United States, as well as the number four place to retire, and “remains a safe place to live with a below-average rate of violent crime and property crime”.
Austin earned its number one place to live in the United States rating due to a multitude of factors, including job market viability, housing affordability, desirability, the number of people moving in and out of the city, and quality of life (including crime incidents within the city).
In comparison to metropolitan areas similar in size to the city of Austin, Austin has a low level of violent crime. Charlotte, North Carolina has a rating of 416, while Orlando, Florida has a rating of 443. Austin’s violent crime levels are significantly lower at a rating of 306. Violent crime rates are calculated based upon the number of crimes committed per 100,000 people.
In terms of property crime, numbers are a little bit higher within Austin with a number of 2,343, but similar metro areas Charlotte, North Carolina and Orlando, Florida still have higher numbers sitting at 2731, and 2771, respectively. These property crime numbers are also calculated based upon the number of property crimes committed per 100,000 people.
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