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Crime in Houston, TX, United States

Crime rates in Houston, TX, United States

Level of crime
74.04 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
74.05 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
63.07 High
Worries being mugged or robbed
61.28 High
Worries car stolen
58.21 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
69.85 High
Worries attacked
56.49 Moderate
Worries being insulted
52.67 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
40.98 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs
72.90 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
71.40 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
71.02 High
Problem corruption and bribery
47.50 Moderate

Safety in Houston, TX, United States

Safety walking alone during daylight
57.95 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
24.44 Low

Contributors: 133

Last update: December 2017

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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7 Comments so far

#Jamal on Nov 22, 2017 :
Houston may not make national crime headlines as much as Chicago or Detroit, but it is still a dangerous city. Houston has one of the largest gang populations in the country and is America's largest hub for human trafficking. The third ward, Sunnyside, Spring Branch, and even parts of Alief should be avoided even during the daytime. The city center is reasonably safe during the daytime but can be quite shady at night time. There are a few good neighborhoods in Houston, but they are usually gated areas that only the upper-middle class can afford.

As previous comments have mentioned, Houston may be a diverse city, but it is racist. It is not just white people that are racist though. The blacks, hispanics, and asians here also tend to be racist in that they tend to keep to their own communities and act passive-aggressively towards people outside their race. Not all people in Houston are like this, but a lot are.

Bottom line, if you are looking for a safe, racially tolerant city, then don't come to Houston.
#Anonymous on Sep 02, 2017 :
I agree with all these comments,I am a Singaporean and my parents are Eastern European(Russian to be precise) and I live here in Houston as an expat.I feel unwanted here which is why I switched from public school to private school since private schools usually are more culturally diverse,I've experienced lots of racism,The Woodlands is quite culturally diverse so if you are a foreigner like me move there,it was a mistake to pick another place rather than the woodlands to live in,the downtown is full of racist people and Spring is quite a racist place too.I just wanna move out I won't lie.
#Jose on May 28, 2017 :
Ken Chiang, it is not just white people in Houston that are racist. The hispanics here are pretty racist too. Most would refuse to marry a non-hispanic and ridicule hispanics that assimilate into American culture. Most of the racism I have experienced comes from other hispanics that ostracize me and make fun of me (in a malicious way) for marrying a white woman, assimilating in American culture, and not being able to speak Spanish well anymore.

Houston is just a racist city, period. The crime here is horrible, the news is always scary to watch, the police are incompetent at best and complicit at worst(though there are a few good officers), and the gangs seemingly have free reign in some areas. If I didn't know any better, I would think Houston was in a third world country.
#Ken Chiang on May 28, 2017 :
Don't be fooled by Houston's diversity. A majority of white people in the area adore Donald Trump and have strong racial resentment towards people of another ethnicity. From experience, I haven't gotten any racial threats from other minorities, but it seems like white people are uncomfortable with me despite being a so-called "model minority." No, seriously, there are lots of racist white people especially in areas like Memorial, Katy, Cypress, The Woodlands, Kingwood, Spring, Galveston, League City, Deer Park, Pasadena, etc. You really don't want to know what these people say about minorities behind closed doors, because it will shatter your world. Minorities do have opportunities, but they will rarely ever be welcomed by the white majority/ruling class. Whites still cling to the view that blacks and Hispanics are lazy and on welfare, and that they are sick and tired of paying taxes for them while having a disdain for the history/reason on why they are that way; as a result, many politicians ride on the dogwhistle when getting elected. And you seriously do not want to go to Alvin/Santa Fe, Liberty County, or Waller County. Be warned.
#Julia Welch on Mar 22, 2017 :
Very Scarry city. Most of Houston's areas are drug infested and high rate of crimes against people.
#Cody on Mar 20, 2017 :
As someone that spent most his life here, I can say from experience that Houston is a very scary place to live. The crime rate is high and the police don't seem to care. It has been getting worse in past few years too. I would not recommend this city to anybody.
#Terri on Jan 04, 2015 :
This is so true. The crime in Houston and the surrounding areas are on the rise. I'm a native Houstonian and I do not feel safe, hate to watch the news, it's scary as hell!