Temple Police Department — The Temple Police Department is releasing the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) statistics for 2012. Several charts have been included for your convenience.
Chief Gary Smith said, “Overall, our community experienced improved numbers with regard to crime, especially with respect to burglaries. I’m very pleased with this downward trend in crime. The Temple Police Department will continue to work diligently to prevent crimes, and solve those that are reported to us, in an effort to further improve upon our success in this area.”
Highlights of the 2012 Crime Report Include
• There was no change in the number of homicides from 2011 to 2012.
• Though violent crime was the same or down in every category except one, the city saw seven (7) more offenses in this category in 2012, a 3.9% increase in the raw number of these crimes.
• Property crimes dropped by 3.3%, with a 21.7% decrease in burglaries.
• Overall, 2012 Index Crimes decreased by 2.8% as compared to 2011.
Crime Rate per 100,000 Population
An appropriate way to measure offenses between years is to adjust for increases in population. This is done by calculating a crime rate per 100,000 population.
• The 2012 violent crime rate saw a 1.4% decrease from 2011.
• The property crime rate fell 8.3% over the period.
• The Index Crime Rate decreased by 7.7%.
Comparison to Average of Previous Years
• The raw number of 2012 crimes was 14.9% lower than the average of Part I Crimes committed from 2008 through 2011.
• The 2012 Index Crime Rate per 100,000 residents was 21.5% lower than the average of the Index Crime Rates from 2008 through 2011.