HOUSTON – KPRC 2 Investigates looked at four different categories of crime reported over a period of five years -- from 2016, before Art Acevedo became Houston’s chief of police, through 2020, his last full year. Then, those numbers were compared to those numbers with the city’s trend in crime since 1985.
2016-2020: Crime on the rise
According to FBI data, aggravated assault cases have been trending up since 2016, with a high in 2020 when 16,415 aggravated assault cases were reported. There were 12,487 in 2016, the year Acevedo came to Houston.
From 2016 to 2017, there was a drop in car theft cases in the city of Houston. The number of cases steadily climbed through 2020. In 2017 there were 11,596 cases and by 2020 the FBI reported 14,669 cases.
For most of Acevedo’s tenure, the homicide rate hovered between approximately 260 to 300 cases a year. However, in 2020 it dramatically increased to 385.