State reports show McKinney’s crime rate lowered despite population increase

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While McKinney’s population continues to skyrocket, its crime rate is steadily decreasing.

The city had the lowest crime rate last year among Texas cities with a population of 100,000 residents or more, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s 2018 State Crime Report released April 22.

The city saw a 14.9% decrease in crime while its population increased 5.3% from 2017 to 2018, according to an analysis of numbers from the report.

The state report looked only at index crimes, which include the seven serious felonies that are tracked nationwide by the FBI. Last year McKinney reported 2,274 index crimes: 65 rapes, 77 robberies, 146 assaults, 249 burglaries, 1,584 larceny thefts, 153 auto thefts and zero murders.

Based on a population of 189,555 residents as of January 2019, McKinney’s 2018 crime rate was 1,199.7 crimes per 100,000 residents. This compares to the city’s 2017 crime rate of 1,485.5 crimes, according to the DPS.

“McKinney enjoys a great quality of life with natural beauty, great parks, and public events, and inviting, diverse neighborhoods,” McKinney Chief of Police Greg Conley said in an email. “When you add in our low crime rate, it is no wonder that so many new residents have chosen to call McKinney “home.”

Frisco had a 2018 crime rate of 1,447.1 per 100,000 residents. Plano’s rate was 1,844.1 per 100,000 residents, and Allen’s rate was 1,345.4 per 100,000 residents. Collin County as a whole had a crime rate of 1,400.6 per 100,000 residents.

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  1. So it doesnt mean that the NUMBER OF CRIMES COMMITED WENT DOWN and thats what really counts

    as the population increases it dilutes the %

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Emily Davis
Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August. Three fun facts about Emily: 1.) She is a lover of mystery novels, movies, TV shows and podcasts. 2.) She has an 11-year-old, 3-pound Pomeranian. 3.) She loves lacrosse, and was captain and then coach of her high school team.
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