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Wichita Falls Is One of the Most Dangerous Cities in Texas

A new report released by the Texas Monthly ranks Wichita Falls as the 15th most dangerous city in Texas.

The agency looked at violent crime rates in hundreds of cities from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports.  This included murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. 

The report found the most populated areas aren't necessarily the most dangerous.  Only one of the five most populated cities ranked in the top five.

Sergeant Harold McClure with the Wichita Falls Police Department said he agrees with the statistics.  However, since the report only looks at four types of violent crimes, he said, it doesn't give people the big picture.

“You got to take into account the individual communities,” he said.

Topping the list is Odessa.  Lubbock came is second and Amarillo wasn't far behind at number six.  What might surprise you, is the Dallas Fort Worth area ranked two spots below Wichita Falls.  They were numbered 17.  Sgt. McClure said this didn't surprise him.

“What necessarily works for another community may not work for ours, or vise versa,” he said.

The report also said around 90-percent of the crimes in Wichita Falls out of the four violent crimes the study isolated are aggravated assault and robbery.  Sgt. McClure got out statistics from the department to see if they matched up.

“Robbery and aggravated assault,” he said, “Violent crimes ya, I would probably agree with that.”

However, if you look at all of the crimes, it makes up less than five-percent.  Sgt. McClure also said in the last year, those crimes have dropped 15-percent.  Overall, since 2008, crime rates in Wichita Falls have dropped 30-percent.  He said part of this is because officers are being more proactive.

Sgt. McClure said, “Say a certain area is being hit really hard with burglaries.  Their job is to focus on burglaries for that shift.”

He said another reason is because of the community involvement.  Sgt. McClure said if something is posted on their social media sites, or the media, like Newschannel 6, tells the public about it, they get responses almost immediately.

Another advantage they have is new technology.  It's called ATACRAIDS.  Police are able to see what's going on in Wichita Falls through posts from the public.  Sgt. McClure said they can also see if there are any trends.  If there is one, more officers will be at that specific location.

The full list is below:

1.     Odessa
2.     Lubbock
3.     Houston
4.     Texarkana
5.     Beaumont
6.     Amarillo
7.     Corpus Christi
8.     Victoria
9.     San Antonio
10.  Laredo
11.  Longview
12.  College Station
13.  El Paso
14.  Waco
15.  Wichita Falls
16.  Abilene
17.  DFW – Arlington
18.  McAllen
19.  Midland
20.  Tyler
21.  Austin – Round Rock
22.  Sherman – Denison
23.  San Angelo
24.  Brownsville

Alexandra McClung, Newschannel 6
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