Compared with 2007, the crime rate — the number of crimes per 100,000 population in Texas — decreased 2.9 percent in 2008. The violent crime rate decreased 0.6 percent in 2008 from 2007. The property crime rate decreased 3.2 percent in 2008.
“The reduction in our overall crime rate is a result of Texas’ tough approach to law enforcement. I commend the brave men and women of local law enforcement who continue to work every day to keep our state and its citizens safe,” said Col. Lamar Beckworth, interim director of the DPS. Source: Austin American Statesman
Of course, it will be interesting to see what effect the poor economy has on the 2009 crime numbers.