When the FBI released its most dangerous cities in the fall of 2017, the rankings came as a surprise to the city of Robstown.
The city of more than 11,000 people near Corpus Christie topped the list of violent cities in the Lone Star State, reported KIII News.
The Robstown Police Department disputed the high violent crime rate, the channel reported.
The FBI reported Robstown had 202 violent crimes in 2016 — a very high number of violent crimes for a city with a population of just over 11,000.
Robstown police told the TV station it was shocked to learn the city topped the violent crime table. The department disputed the FBI’s figures.
Robstown police said the FBI statistics included two murders in 2016, but they say the city recorded none. The report also said Robstown had 193 aggravated assault cases. The Department says it only had 14.
Although the violent crime figures were disputed by the police department, local officials wanted to look at them again before taking an official stance.
Nearby Mathis also ranked 16th on the list of most dangerous cities in Texas, and Sinton ranked 20th.
The cities that are experiencing the most rapid rise in violent crime are Lubbock, Odessa and Abilene, San Angelo, and Sherman. These last three cities saw increases in violent offenses of more than 30 percent.
Violent crime rose by about 20 percent in Brownsville and Waco, and more than 15 percent in Midland and Corpus Christi.
No clear geographical patterns were identified and cities with rises in violent crime were found in West, Central, North, and South Texas. While the murder rate in 2016 in Brownsville and Corpus Christie remained similar to the previous year, it shot up dramatically in Abilene and Waco, tripling in the latter.
The City of Dallas ranked at 26 with a crime rate of 762 per 100,000 people. Houston ranked at number 11 with a crime rate of 1,026 per 100,000 people.
The list of most dangerous cities in Texas differs from year to year. It can depend on methodology and a range of factors.
However, Odessa usually emerges as one of the most violent cities in the state.
The city in western Texas was highlighted as the 66th most dangerous city in the nation in a list of the 100 most hazardous cities, and the chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime here are 1 in 95.
Beaumont also appeared in the survey. It was the 92nd most dangerous city in the country. It had a violent crime rate of 9.28 per 1,000 residents compared to a Texas average of 4.12.
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