The first four months of 2023 have shown an overall decrease in crime in the city of Houston, according to Chief of Police Troy Finner.

Finner, alongside Assistant Chief of Police Wyatt Martin, presented statistics on crime to Houston City Council members at a May 3 meeting.

By the numbers:
  • Murder is down 27%.
  • Rape is down 6%.
  • Robbery is down 10%.
  • Aggravated assault is down 12%.
  • Kidnapping is down 19%.
  • Human trafficking is down 23%.
  • Violent crime is down 12%.
Quote of note:

"My goal ... is to continue to drive those numbers down," Finner said at the meeting.

Did you know?:
  • The Houston Police Department has 5,100 officers.
  • The city is offering a $10,000 signing bonus for new officers, a bonus that was approved by Houston City Council in 2022.
  • May 1-5 is Police Week in the city of Houston.
  • At 7 p.m. May 5, a memorial service will take place at the Houston Police Officers Memorial site at 2400 Memorial Drive, Houston. The service will include a candlelit vigil, a 21-gun salute and a Houston Police Department helicopter flyover for Houston police officers who have died in the line of duty.
The bottom line:

In January, Finner and Martin shared preliminary end-of-year crime statistics for 2022 with council members. In that report, police leaders noted auto theft increased in 2022; it remains high for the first quarter of 2023 with an increase of 14%.

Burglary throughout the city also increased by 2% for the first quarter of 2023, as did auto theft and rape in District H, which covers parts of the Heights and North Houston.