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Crime rate falls according to latest stats

City officials say the number of violent crimes and property crimes fell in 2011, compared to 2010.

A presentation before the City's Public Safety Commission Monday night shows that Austin's crime rate mirrors national trends. In 2011, Austin recorded 3,225 assaults, rapes, robberies, and homicides, which amounts to a 7 percent drop from the year before. The year ended with 25 homicides, down from 37 in 2010. Property crimes, including burglaries and auto theft, dipped 9 percent to 41,416.

APD officials also told the commissioners the department is concerned about the aggressive recruitment of youth into street gangs, which police officials called the next evolution of the drug trade. In the past, Mexican cartels relied on their own sources in the United States to transfer narcotics. Now they are increasingly using Texas prison and street gangs. Such gangs appeal to young people because they give them a sense of belonging, according to APD.

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04/03/2012 8:05AM
Crime rate falls according to latest stats
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