City of Houston finds itself hit by growing crime numbers ahead of ‘Crime March’ announcement

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston Police Chief Troy Finner will announce this year’s “Crime March” initiative.

Since 1984, the city of Houston has chosen the subject of crime to focus on educating the public in March. In the past, they’ve chosen things like juvenile delinquency, neighborhood watch, and personal safety.

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The program was born out of concern about the increasing number of criminals. Now, 38 years later, the city is in a similar situation. The number of homicides is still significantly higher than in previous years. There have been 84 homicides in the city, compared with 66 in 2021 and 51 in 2020.

However, violent crime has generally decreased. A comparison of crimes reported over the past three months shows that rapes, prostitution and robberies have decreased each year. More serious attacks, simple attacks, drug offenses and vandalism increased from January 2020 to January 2021 and then decreased in January 2022.

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Motor vehicle thefts have also increased over the past three years.

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