HPD: Murder rate up in 2015, but violent crimes decreasing

By John Brannen - Web Editor

HOUSTON - In the first six months of 2015, the murder rate has increased compared to the first six months of 2014, according to crime statistics released by the Houston Police Department.

Police said this is a 44 percent increase from last year.

"Murders were up 58 percent for the first three months of the year, so the number is trending down the last three months," HPD said in a statement.

Houston police said that violent crime has had a decrease of 1.7 percent. KPRC 2 was told that robberies have increased by 1.3 percent, rapes have decreased by 9.4 percent and aggravated assaults have gone down by 4.8 percent.

Officials said property crimes, including thefts and auto thefts, have decreased by 7.1 percent.

The report said home burglaries are down by 18.9 percent and burglaries of vehicles are down by 10.4 percent

The murder rate in Houston has increased but violent crime has decreased, according to crime statistics released by the Houston Police Department.

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