Crime in Houston, TX, United States

Crime rates in Houston, TX, United States

Level of crime
73.56 High
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
71.86 High
Worries home broken and things stolen
60.32 High
Worries being mugged or robbed
61.39 High
Worries car stolen
59.64 Moderate
Worries things from car stolen
71.86 High
Worries attacked
56.90 Moderate
Worries being insulted
55.04 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
44.03 Moderate
Problem people using or dealing drugs
71.39 High
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
70.55 High
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
69.46 High
Problem corruption and bribery
51.59 Moderate

Safety in Houston, TX, United States

Safety walking alone during daylight
57.38 Moderate
Safety walking alone during night
25.09 Low

Contributors: 282

Last update: June 2021

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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27 Comments so far
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.
Anonymous on Mar 24, 2020:
Houston proper is quite horrible and there are many crimes, however living in a suburb is very nice and safe. I'd recommend The Woodlands or Conroe.
Bill on Jan 29, 2020:
Living in Houston is awful. I have lived in several cities and Houston is just the worst when it comes to crime. I was the victim of two assaults, one hit and run, and one theft during my 8 years in Houston. In my 58 years of life, I have been a victim of 5 crimes, and 4 of those crimes were during my 8 years in Houston. There is also a lot of racism too. Houston is just sick from the inside out.
Rajesh on Jan 11, 2020:
Hello. I lived in Houston with my family for business. It was horrible place. Very dangerous compared to New York and Boston. My family never feeled safe in Houston. Stay away its bad city.
H on Dec 01, 2019:
I moved to Houston with my parents nine years ago and I think I have seen it all. Just one month after coming here we were mugged at gunpoint and since then I have personally been jumped multiple times, had my bike stolen by a gang members, and I have experienced lots of racism (not just from White people). I have also known other people that have been burglarized, been shot, stabbed, had their cars stolen, and been raped.

Over the past few years things seem to have gotten slightly less dangerous with more police around, but it is still pretty bad and I am going to try to get into a college far away from Houston once I graduate high school.
Derek on Nov 23, 2019:
Houston is a place you really need to watch your back in. This is especially true in places like the third ward, fifth ward, sixth ward, and sunnyside which are pretty much run by the gangs with hardly any cops in sight. Even outside these hoods you still need to watch your back because the city isn't really zoned so you can be in a "good" neighborhood one minute and a bad neighborhood the next. The only safe places are the rich gated neighborhoods with their own private security.
Anonymous on Oct 06, 2019:
I agree with these comments. Houston is a very scary place. Glad I was able to move away from it last month.
Kevin on Aug 07, 2019:
I have lived in Houston, Chicago, Austin, Boston, and Seattle. Houston is by far the most dangerous in my experience. That's right, I even felt safer in Chicago because at least there you are safe as long as you avoid the southside. Nowhere in Houston is safe unless you live in a upper-class gated neighborhood with private armed security. Road rage shootings are very common too.
Anonymous on Jul 25, 2019:
Forgot to add that the outskirts are prosperous, beautiful and safe.
Bryan Alejo on Jul 25, 2019:
Truth: Houston is not racist. I don't know where so many people have come to that conclusion, no one cares what you do or who you are, people typically seem to mind their business. People in Houston are also friendly (although that's mostly only exclusive to the areas that are doing at least decent financially). In terms of crime the most common I've seen is breaking into cars and taking things that seem valuable so just lock the car and hide things that look expensive, maybe under the seat. That's mostly it, use common sense obviously, dont be naive with people especially in bad areas like third or fifth ward or Chinatown. People in the comment section make it seem like Ciudad Juarez but they're either lying or exaggerating. Houston has great hospitals, nightlife, schools, museums, jobs & overall friendly people.
Anon on Jul 12, 2019:
I went to Houston a few months ago on a business trip. On my first day I was at a gas station this bruised up woman kept running around begging for help. She said she got raped and that the police wouldn't help her. Then on my third night I was woken up at about 2am by the sound of a shootout outside of my hotel. It lasted several minutes and it sounded like hundreds of shots were fired yet it took the police at least 15 minutes to respond. The people at the hotel told me that it was probably gang related, but the scary thing is that it didn't even make the local news (though a ton of other violent crimes in the city did).

Of course I immediately cut my business trip short and left Houston two days before I was supposed to. My bosses were mad at me for it, but I don't regret it. Houston is like an unstable third world country in America.
An on Jun 17, 2019:
Me and a friend spent two semesters studying in Houston for university. It was horrible. So much theft and violence even around campus. My friend got beaten up and robbed during day time when he went to store. Lots of hateful political people too from both right-wing and left-wing. Houston is a horrible place. Hell on Earth.
Kirsten on May 17, 2019:
I lived in Houston until two years ago. It was a scarry city and I didn't even feel safe walking out in the day time. I remember two people got shot in broad daylight at the playground by the complex I lived at and I myself got jumped by gangmembers a couple times.
dale on Jan 11, 2019:
And yes, I do know about NYPD practices, but remember when the Harris County sheriff blamed a police shooting on black people protesting police brutality, back in 2015?

I'm sorry, but I can't stand the redneck pricks that drive lifted trucks with dead skull stickers and that dreadful "Police Lives Matter" American flag, and you can hardly avoid them because they're everywhere. And people worship that lifestyle! Visitors to this place should never talk about their concerns about police brutality or discrimination, or else someone will pack heat. Unfortunately, it's barely an exaggeration since people are literally eager to shoot their guns.
dale on Jan 11, 2019:
Well, you know that white people here do not only hate non-whites, but they also dislike anybody from California, New York, Maryland, Illinois, Hawaii, and so on. And forget about people from Canada, Australia, or Europe, they hate these people too. And they also hate you if you are LGBT. They never made it a secret; they always yell "stay out of our state!" It's worse when you go to places like Spring, Magnolia, or League City. Yet people here act as if it's not a problem. People actually have the nerve to believe that this place is less racist than NYC. When white people here every day blow dog-whistles about looters (black people), from the ordinary citizen to the sheriff. And it's also unbelievable how black and Latino people are subservient to that attitude instead of aggressively fighting against it! Some of them even act as redneck and right-wing as the white people here.

Your mileage may vary, but you know you're not that desirable when many hardcore racists from other states have praise for your city and state. I mean, alt-right folks are not grossed about Houston or Texas in general. Just remember that, Houstonians!
Andrew on Jan 11, 2019:
Houston is the most diverse city in the United States. But racism is very common. Not all of it comes from white people. A lot of the hispanics, blacks, asians, muslims, and indians here are pretty racist too. There are a lot of gangs here and gunshots can be heard in some neighborhoods almost every night. One of my friends was out with her daughter and got mugged in broad daylight in a supposedly "good neighborhood" and one of my coworkers got shot in a home invasion.
Raja on Jan 06, 2019:
Coming here, I did not realise how hateful white people really are.
Anonymous on Dec 29, 2018:
I am living right now the woodlands a suburb of Houston and I go to the downtown like twice a month and it is not bad, yes it is racist and all that but the majority here are democrats and most racism is coming from BLM supporters. Don’t get me wrong there are also rednecks,just not a lot. Houston isn’t the Texas a people think of
Antony on Dec 11, 2018:
I mean, yeah, Houston is diverse, but go to the outskirts and you'll see so many gun-toting rednecks who absolutely hate minorities.
Ken on Nov 25, 2018:
I have lived in many places throughout the US and the world and Houston is easily the most dangerous place I have lived in. Just stay away!
Anonymous on Dec 17, 2017:
Hey! I've been living here ALL my life and Houston is beautiful and not as scary as you're making everyone else think!
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.