Crime in Houston, TX, United States

Crime rates in Houston, TX, United States

Level of crime
73.75 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
73.90 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
59.19 Moderate
Worries being mugged or robbed
61.23 High
Worries car stolen
58.83 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
70.84 High
Worries attacked
57.62 Moderate
Worries being insulted
55.44 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
43.79 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs
70.50 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
70.58 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
69.64 High
Problem corruption and bribery
51.83 Moderate

Safety in Houston, TX, United States

Safety walking alone during daylight
56.46 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
26.00 Low

Contributors: 350

Last update: April 2024

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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13 Comments so far
Anonymous on Aug 20, 2022:
Today a few of the small store got broken into. Young man in a hoodie and cover mask. This is a shame. They Stole 10 dollars but vandalize people hard work.
Anonymous on Jun 05, 2022:
Much of this city is infested with gangs and homeless people, so there is a lot of crime and violence. Shootings, robberies, muggings, breakins, and random assaults are all a common occurrence and part of everyday life here. Houston is actually America's largest hub for human trafficking and drug trafficking.
Tina on Feb 26, 2022:
During the 7 years I lived in Houston, I was mugged twice, had my apartment broken into by a gang of armed men in a robbery, lost a neighbor/friend to a random driveby shooting, and constantly had to put up with drunk and high people in public. Take my advice and avoid Houston at all costs!
mrs patty burgerson on Dec 12, 2021:
i have did it folks i have slipped over 3 paracetamol in my uncle i mean my son i mean my husbands tea and his interminable age has finally caught up with him
mary jane on Nov 01, 2021:
hey y'all i have a mighty big problem raht new yes my cousin i mean my boyfriend i mean my i um yes i have a problem um he wont say please and thank u to me someone promptly respond i have tried everything
Cory on Sep 05, 2021:
I have been living here since last year and I already hate it. I have heard more gunshots in my year in Houston than I have in my 32 years of living in the Bay Area of California and Austin Texas. I have never felt more scared in my life than here.
Kelly on Jun 24, 2021:
I just moved to Houston last year from the Seattle area. My impression of Houston has been negative since day one of being here. Seattle may have problems, but they are nowhere near as bad as Houston's. During just my first week here, I was the victim of a crime for the first time in my life when a crazed drug addict jumped me in broad daylight and tried to steal my wallet. A couple months later I was woken up by gunshots and learned that two people (whom I knew by sight) had been gunned down in a random driveby. And this was in a supposedly "good neighborhood." Last month, my friend called the police to complain of a stalker banging on her doors and windows. The police did not come. Later, someone (possibly the stalker) broke in to her apartment and raped her at gunpoint and stole some stuff. The police still didn't even bother to investigate and even though her neighbors certainly witnessed the breakin, they wouldn't come forward with any information out of fear of the gangs retaliating against them.

I used to think that Seattle was a crazy place, but at least its not a third world country like Houston. Really, living in Houston feels like living in an unstable third world country in so many ways. I am moving out as soon as I can!
Laraina Marie Avila on Jun 04, 2021:
So I was born in Harris, County Texas my parents were only 18 & 15. My childhood really wasn't a childhood at all to be honest. At birth i had some type of medical condition (that's what the doctors said) and was in the hospital for 2weeks after my birth, sortly they separated and it just went up and down from their. Their is so much more to tell but, I'am here today because not so long ago I got date raped while visiting my father and his friends/family. I wouldnt even call it date rapped considering i wasnt on a date or ever planned on going on a date. I say date rape because who ever it was drugged me with GHB. I know this for a fact. And no it wasn't any person(s) of color or of any exoctic ethnicty. Its hard to remember 100% just bits and pieces. last thing i remembered was sitting up on the bed and next thing I'm waking up 6hours later crying and a woman knows her body and i just knew. This was in Alvin, Texas sometime before May 28th 2021 not sure exactly what day sometime in May tho yes. Its time for everyone to open their eyes and quit pointing fingers at the victims rather a persons black white hispanic etc. that should be beside the point. I wonder how many young men/ boys get away with rape here in the Houston and surrounding areas or get charged? probably too many too count right? but yet everyone wants to point the fingers oh she was dressed like a homewrecker! That is no excuse to ruin someones life by raping them! Given this was not my first time getting sexually assaulted. I still since i came home that night and figured out what happened I have not been back to my job, I even pay for my gas at the pump and get takeout. I always had issues but this incident just made it worse. So please next time you hear a rape story or any for that matter get your facts straight before this one less person on this earth. Try to have basc respect for yourselves and others than maybe our sons wouldn't be hurting our daughters and vice versa. stay safe and try to think of more than yourselves!
Anonymous on Jun 01, 2021:
Alot of these comments are total BS . It's funny how majority of all the negative remarks speak about people being racist. So they had a bad encounter with someone of a certain color & now they draw the conclusion that whites here or blacks here etc. Are this & that. News flash pricks come in all shapes and colors . If I moved to the worst area of any state I'm sure it wouldn't work out that well for me . I'm born & raised in Texas Northside Houston im white & went to a predominantly black school my entire school years & apart from typical kid issues nobody ever treated me one way or another just simply because I was white. Same with me I gave respect when it was given . Now I know that won't be everyone's experience but to paint Houston out to be some crazy place where you can't walk to your car at night is just untrue .
Anonymous on May 24, 2021:
I have lived in Houston since 1989 and the crimes that I have experienced are as follows:
While in highschool, I was mugged by 3 black guys. Around 2002, the wheels of my car were stolen while living in an apartment.
I live in the SW side of town for reference. I don't think it is super safe or super unsafe, you just need to be aware of your surroundings.
I have also lived in NYC in the 80's and I feel safer here.
Fred on Mar 10, 2021:
Yeah, I have been living in Houston for 7 years now I can tell you from experience that Houston is as bad as a lot of these comments suggest. Every week there is another gang shooting in my apartment complex and even when multiple people are killed, it either doesn't make the news or is just a footnote because there are so many violent crimes a day here that the news can't cover them all. People like to stereotype NYC as violent, but statistics of violent crime per capita show that it is a fairly safe city. A lot safer than Houston for sure. Growing up in Brooklyn I rarely felt like I was in any real danger and only occasionally heard gunfire or saw anything suspicious. Here in Houston it is frequent that I hear shootouts and see shady stuff like drug deals and gangmembers harrassing people.
Mike on Oct 13, 2020:
While many of the people in this comments had terrible experiences. I have lived in and around Houston all my life. I dont feel these are true reflections of the city as a whole. Ofcourse like any city there are terrible people in them. In my personal experience the good far outways the bad in Houston. Many come together to help our neighbors. Especially in times of crisis.
Maria on May 02, 2020:
I have been living in Houston since 1997 and since then I have been mugged 5 times, had my apartment broken into 3 times, had my car stolen, been randomly assaulted several times, and been shot at twice. If not for my disability preventing me from getting a decent job far away from here, I would have left this place a long time ago.