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Crime Trends and Statistics in Corpus Christi from the Last Decade


In 2018, the Corpus Christi crime rate was 411 per 100,000, which was 1.5 times higher than that national average. This was also higher than 91.9% of U.S. cities and was an 8% increase compared to the previous year. The city had 24 homicides, which was an increase of 3 compared to 2017. And in the last five years, the City of Corpus Christi experienced an increase in violent crimes. The overall crime rate in Corpus Christi is higher than other areas of the Coastal Bend, which have the following crime rates:

  • Portland has a crime rate of 154.6 per 100,000.
  • Gregory has a crime rate of 70.8 per 100,000.
  • Ingleside has a crime rate of 175.5 per 100,000.
  • Taft has a crime rate of 146.4 per 100,000.
  • Robstown has a crime rate of 422.9 per 100,000.
  • Aransas Pass has a crime rate of 430.8 per 100,000.
  • Port Aransas has a crime rate of 428.7 per 100,000.
  • Sinton has a crime rate of 457.8 per 100,000.
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The City of Corpus Christi has been consistently higher than the national average since 2002. And as of September 1, 2020, there were 1,086 registered sex offenders living in the area.

Individual Crime Rates in Corpus Christi

The individual crime rates increased in 2018 compared to the previous year. And while the overall crime rate has gone down compared to what it was in 2005 (which was at 540.4 per 100,000), there has been a steady increase in many crimes in the city. Some of the crime statistics for the City of Corpus Christi include:

  • The murder rate in 2018 was 24 per 100,000. This is higher than it was in 2005, which was 8 per 100,000.
  • The number of rapes was 296 per 100,000 in 2018, compared to 217 per 100,000 recorded in 2005.
  • 515 robberies were committed per 100,000 in 2018, compared to 481 per 100,000 recorded in 2005.
  • 1,654 assaults were committed per 100,000 in 2018, compared to 1,342 per 100,000 recorded in 2005.

Some crime rates were lower compared to what they were in 2005, but they were still higher compared to more recent data. Some of these crime rates in Corpus Christi include:

  • 2,146 burglaries were committed per 100,000 in 2018, compared to 2,232 per 100,000 recorded the previous year.
  • 8,913 thefts were committed per 100,000 in 2018, compared to 8,776 per 100,000 recorded the previous year.
  • 913 auto thefts were committed per 100,000 in 2018, compared to 731 per 100,000 recorded the previous year.
  • 70 arsons were committed per 100,000 in 2018 compared to 57 per 100,000 recorded the previous year.

The violent crime rate in Corpus Christi for 2018 was 434.4 per 100,000, which was higher than the national average of 207.3 per 100,000 recorded the same year. The property crime rate for the City of Corpus Christi was 308.0 per 100,000, which was higher than the national average of 189.3 per 100,000 recorded the same year. Both of these statistics were higher than they were the previous year. The number of law enforcement employees in the City of Corpus Christi (including police officers) in 2018 was 652, which includes 443 officers. And the average number of officers for every 1,000 residents was 1.35. This is lower than the Texas average for that year, which was 1.55. In fact, the average number of officers for every 1,000 residents has been consistently lower than the Texas average in previous years.

The percentage of crimes committed in 2018 were as follows:

  • 61.3% were thefts.
  • 14.8% were burglaries.
  • 11.4% were assaults.
  • 6.3% were auto thefts.
  • 3.5% were robberies.
  • 2.0% were rapes.
  • 0.5% were arsons.
  • 0.2% were murders.

For more information about the crime rates in Corpus Christi and how you can defend yourself if you have been accused, be sure to speak to a qualified attorney.

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