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APPROXIMATELY ONE OUT OF ELEVEN DALLAS CITIZENS WERE CRIME VICTIMS IN 2004.  NO CITY IN AMERICA, THAT HAS A POPULATION OVER ONE MILLION, HAS A CRIME RATE AT THAT LEVEL.  IN FACT, DALLAS HAS HAD THE HIGHEST CRIME RATE PER CAPITA OF ALL MAJOR CITIES IN AMERICA WITH POPULATION OVER ONE MILLION FOR THE LAST SEVEN YEARS IN A ROW.*

*stats from www.fbi.gov

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Every year the FBI tracks the number of crimes in nine major categories for U.S. cities with a population of 10,000 or more.  The categories are TOTAL CRIME, MURDER, FORCIBLE RAPE, ROBBERY, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, BURGLARY, LARCENY/THEFT, MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT and ARSON.  This information is available on the FBI website www.fbi.gov

To be able to compare the severity of crime among cities with different populations, it is necessary to calculate the number of crimes in a given category "per capita" or "per person".  This provides a comparison among cities on the odds of being a victim of a specific crime.

The following nine tables provide the number of crimes in each crime category per 100,000 population for the nine largest cities in the United States with population of one million or more for 2004.  The tables rank each city in each category by "crimes per 100,000". 

Unfortunately, Dallas ranks #1 and #2 in seven of the nine categories.  It ranks #3 in RAPE and #4 in AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. 

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2004

RANKING OF MAJOR U.S. CITIES BY CRIMES PER CAPITA*

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TOTAL CRIME

   RANKING                             CITY                                      PER 100,000

        #1                                     Dallas                                             9052

        #2                                   Phoenix                                           7429

        #3                               San Antonio                                       7386   

        #4                                   Houston                                          7256

        #5                                   Chicago                                           6089

        #6                               Philadelphia                                       5470

        #7                                Los Angeles                                      4426

        #8                                 San Diego                                         4118

        #9                              New York City                                     2802

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MURDER

    RANKING                            CITY                                PER  100,000

        #1                                Philadelphia                                   22

        #2                                      Dallas                                         20

        #3                                    Chicago                                       15

        #4                                    Phoenix                                       14

        #5                      Houston/Los Angeles (tie)                    13

        #6                                San Antonio                                     8

        #7                              New York City                                    7

        #8                                  San Diego                                       5

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FORCIBLE RAPE

    RANKING                            CITY                                    PER 100,000

        #1                               Philadelphia                                        67

        #2                               San Antonio                                        56

        #3                                    Dallas                                               48

        #4                                  Houston                                            44

        #5                                  Phoenix                                             35

        #6                     Los Angeles/San Diego (tie)                     29

        #7                              New York City                                      18

        #8                                        ***                                                  ***

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ROBBERY

   RANKING                             CITY                                 PER 100,000         

        #1                               Philadelphia                                  652

        #2                                     Dallas                                        607

        #3                                   Chicago                                      549   

        #4                                   Houston                                      499

        #5                               Los Angeles                                   369

        #6                             New York City                                  301

        #7                                  Phoenix                                        265

        #8                              San Antonio                                    175

        #9                                San Diego                                      130

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AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

   RANKING                             CITY                                      PER 100,000

        #1                               Los Angeles                                         702

        #2                               Philadelphia                                         652

        #3                                  Chicago                                              647

        #4                                    Dallas                                                639

        #5                                  Houston                                             591

        #6                              San Antonio                                          408

        #7                                San Diego                                            368        

        #8                            New York City                                         362

        #9                                 Phoenix                                               360

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BURGLARY

   RANKING                             CITY                                      PER 100,000

        #1                                     Dallas                                              1880

        #2                                  Houston                                            1328

        #3                               San Antonio                                        1214

        #4                                  Phoenix                                             1176

        #5                                  Chicago                                               843

        #6                              Philadelphia                                           704

        #7                              Los Angeles                                           604

        #8                                San Diego                                             574

        #9                             New York City                                         322

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LARCENY/THEFT

   RANKING                             CITY                                    PER 100,000

        #1                               San Antonio                                      5019

        #2                                     Dallas                                            4475

        #3                                   Phoenix                                          3780

        #4                                   Houston                                         3662

        #5                                   Chicago                                          3222

        #6                               Philadelphia                                      2527

        #7                                San Diego                                         1927

        #8                              Los Angeles                                       1877

        #9                            New York City                                      1531

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MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT

   RANKING                           CITY                                      PER 100,000

        #1                                Phoenix                                            1772

        #2                                  Dallas                                              1291

        #3                               Houston                                            1056

        #4                             San Diego                                           1019

        #5                           Philadelphia                                           841

        #6                              Chicago                                               787

        #7                           Los Angeles                                           781

        #8                           San Antonio                                           467

        #9                         New York City                                          260

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ARSON

   RANKING                            CITY                                        PER 100,000

        #1                                    Dallas                                                   93

        #2                                 Houston                                                 61

        #3                             Los Angeles                                              50

        #4                             San Antonio                                              39

        #5                      Chicago/Phoenix (tie)                                    27

        #6                              San Diego                                                 15

        #7                                     **                                                            **

        #8                                     **                                                            **

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* All U.S. cities with a population of one million or more were selected for this comparison.  Statistics used to calculate the "crime rates per 100,000" were obtained from www.fbi.gov.   Dallas ranks #1 or #2 in all crime categories except RAPE (#3) & AGGRAVATED ASSAULT (#4).   Total crime in Dallas decreased by 4% from 116,066 to 111,372 from 2003 to 2004.  In fact, total crime decreased in eight of the nine cities. Houston reported a 2% increase in total crime.

** New York City and Philadelphia did not report crime numbers in the ARSON category.  The TOTAL CRIME category for those two cities does not include ARSON.  Not including ARSON does not affect their ranking position in the TOTAL CRIME category. 

*** Chicago did not report crime numbers in the FORCIBLE RAPE category.  The TOTAL CRIME category for Chicago does not include FORCIBLE RAPE.  Not including FORCIBLE RAPE does not affect its ranking position in the TOTAL CRIME category.

 

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2004 CRIME STATISTICS