Waco and Killeen made the list for the most dangerous cities in Texas based on FBI data from 2016.
According to the Darrow Law Firm in Houston, Waco and Killeen are among the top 10 cities for violent crimes. The law firm used crime data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program and the study only focused on cities with a population of 100,000 and above.
While Killeen has seen a recent uptick in crimes for the past few months, Waco has topped the city in all violent crimes.
According to the FBI data, Waco with a population of 131,413 ranks seven in all violent crime beating out cities with larger populations like San Antonio (10), Fort Worth (11), and Austin (17). Killeen ranked ninth and has a population of 140,497.
In Waco, for every 100,000 people, there are about 25 rapes, 50 robberies, and 212 aggravated assaults. The findings found Killeen has about 52 rapes, 50 robberies, and 175 aggravated assaults per 100,000 people.
Waco ranked number one in murder/homicide with about 10 per 100,000 people and Killeen ranked number three with seven. Both Central Texas cities beat out Houston (4), Dallas (5), and Fort Worth (9) in rankings for murder/homicide.
According to FBI: UCR, the figures were submitted voluntarily by law enforcement agencies throughout the country.
The law firm recommends six steps for citizens to help their neighborhood be safe:
- Bond with and band up with your neighbors
- Improve the lighting and have visible security cameras
- Know and invite your local law enforcement into your neighborhood
- Lock up and keep valuables out of site
- Be active outside and maintain your area
- Always report suspicious behavior