CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The FBI’s 2019 database ranks Corpus Christi as the 43rd Most Dangerous City for Violent Crime.
Corpus Christi Police Department Michael Pena says the FBI is collecting information to report crime data known as unified crime reporting.
The FBI report classifies murder, some cases of manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault as violent crimes. The FBI data shows that there were an estimated 736.9 violent crimes per 100,000 people in Corpus Christi in 2019.
We checked out the report to see how Corpus Christi compares to other major cities in the state.
Compared to Houston, our violent crime rate is lower. Houston has 1,072 violent crimes, but the data shows Corpus Christi has a higher violent crime rate than San Antonio’s 515.9 or Austin 286.9’s. Dallas does not report its violent crime statistics to the FBI and is therefore not on the list.
“Of the 1,145 law enforcement agencies in Texas. Only 694 have submitted their information to the FBI, ”Pena said.
To ensure a good relationship and bond with the community, the CCPD has set up meetings and events with the public, according to Pena.
“We’re involved in National Night Out, Safe Return, and Pre-COVID. We had meetings to meet with our community,” Pena said.
To reduce crime, according to the CCPD, Pena is applying for grants such as the Click it or Ticket State Grant and the DWI patrol. The CCP is also in the process of hiring more police officers.
“We have a great relationship with the community,” said Pena. “We strive to reduce crime and the fear of crime that matters.”
Compared to last year, the FBI report shows that violent crimes are being reported. So it is not known whether crime in Corpus Christi increased or decreased from 2018 to 2019.
If you witness a crime and do not want to be identified, call Crime Stoppers Stoppers at 361-888-TIPS.
And if you want to apply for the next CCPD Police Academy, check out their link here.