With a high profile police chase in the news this past week, the focus in San Angelo is on crime.  While, San Angelo is our home, and there are many reasons to be very proud of our community. However, when it comes to crime, the figures are stark.  Let's break it down based on the 2021 data from the F.B.I and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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Overall: Data from the FBI puts the total crime rate in San Angelo at 3492.6 per 100,000 people.  That's a whopping 41.02% higher than the national rate of 2476.7 per 100,000.  That number is even 24.31% higher than the Texas total crime rate.

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Violent Crime: In San Angelo, you have a 1 in 283.1 chance of being a victim of violent crime.  That is considerably higher than the Texas average of 1 in 238.7  The violent crime rate in San Angelo is 353.2 per 100,000 that's almost 4% less than the national average of 366.7 per 100,000 and nearly 16% lower than the Texas violent crime rate.

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Property Crime: In San Angelo, you have a 1 in 31.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime or theft of some kind.  That is considerably higher than the national average of 1 in 47.4 The overall property crime rate in San Angelo is 3139.3 per 100.000 which is 48.79 higher than the national average and 31.32% higher than the Texas property crime rate.

Crime Rate By Type

Here are some selected crime categories and how they compare to the national and Texas averages:

Statistic per 100,000               San Angelo              Texas                National

Murder                                          4.9                           4.9                     5.0

Robbery                                      31.7                       100.0                   81.6

Aggravated Assault                  261.2                        263.0                 250.2

Burglary                                   506.6                        392.8                  340.3

Larceny                                 2,411.2                      1,730.6                1,549.5

Violent Crime                           353.2                        418.9                    366.7

Car Theft                                  221.6                        267.2                    219.9

Property Crime                     3,139.3                      2,390.7                 2,109.9

 

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So, the simple answer to the question "Is San Angelo safe or really dangerous?" Based on FBI statistics, San Angelo is NOT one of the safest cities in America. It's not even one of the safest cities in Texas.  Relative to Texas, San Angelo has a crime rate that is higher than 9 out of 10 Texas cities.

Given the rate of property crimes, it might be a great idea to invest in a home security system.

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