Texas Governor Greg Abbott is outraged by Austin City Council’s decision in August to “disappoint the police” and repeatedly blows up the capital and threatens reprisals. Abbott and other critics point out that certain crimes were up this year from a year earlier, such as a 55 percent increase in homicides through November and a 32 percent increase in car thefts.
In response, advocates of the police funding cut this summer continue to refer to Austin as one of the safest cities in the country. They point to a year-over-year decline in crimes such as rape, shoplifting, and drug abuse, and note that the city’s fiscal year actually starts in October, meaning most of the crime numbers Abbott refers to come before the cuts.
A new study published on the MoneyGeek website on December 15 confirms this claim. According to the report, Austin is the ninth safest city in the US (with at least 300,000 residents). Other cities in Texas in the top 15 are El Paso (No. 12) and Arlington (No. 13). At # 1 is Raleigh, North Carolina.
For its study, MoneyGeek analyzed crime data for 303 cities with at least 100,000 inhabitants. The website then calculated each city’s crime cost and ranked the cities based on their per capita crime cost.
In Austin, MoneyGeek calculated the cost of crime per capita at $ 1,052. That number is $ 1,167 for El Paso and $ 1,234 for Arlington. The cost of crime per capita in Raleigh is $ 531.
“There is a lingering stereotype that bigger cities are more dangerous. While no major cities … made the overall safest list, fewer than half of the 15 least safe cities in the US were major cities, “says MoneyGeek. “Four of the least safe cities are also among the top 15 cities to buy a house during the COVID-19 pandemic, suggesting that even cities that are not the safest places to live are having attractive markets for homeowners. “
Overall, Arlington, Virginia is the safest city in the MoneyGeek study. The per capita cost of crime is $ 132. Two suburbs of Dallas-Fort Worth – Allen and Frisco – also appear on MoneyGeek’s list of the 20 Safest US Cities. Allen ranks third with per capita crime costs of $ 176. The cost of seventh-place crime in Frisco is $ 237.
Among other major cities in Texas:
San Antonio appears in 215th place and costs 1,909 US dollars per capita.
Houston ranks 252 with per capita crime costs of $ 2,616.
Dallas ranks 257th with per capita crime costs of $ 2,682.
At number 303, MoneyGeek is the most dangerous city in the country – St. Louis. The per capita cost of crime there is $ 9,334.
A number of monetary factors contributed to MoneyGeek’s ranking, including medical and mental health care for victims, property damage, police and prison costs, home values, and auto insurance premiums.
“Despite the overall progress, crime still affects American communities. Crime and security are linked to wealth, income and economic opportunity. Crime is costly to individual victims, perpetrators, communities and society at large, ”says MoneyGeek.