Austin decreases crime rates across the board

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Austin now has the third lowest violent crime rate of all U.S. cities with more than 500,000 people, according to 2011 FBI crime statistics released Tuesday by the Austin Police Department.

According to the statistics, 430 violent crime incidents per 100,000 people occurred in Austin in 2011. This puts Austin behind San Diego and San Jose for the least violent crime per capita. 

Violent crime is defined by the report as murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Austin had the seventh highest property crime rate out of the 33 cities ranked, with 5,235 incidents of property crime per 100,000 people. In Texas, only San Antonio has a higher property crime rate, with 5,967 incidents per 100,000 people.

Property crime is defined by the report as burglary, theft and auto theft.

Austin’s crime rate per capita improved from last year in both categories.

In 2010 Austin saw 475.9 incidents of violent crime per 100,000 people and 5,754.8 incidents of property crime per 100,000 people.

The rate of violent and property crime also decreased between 2009 and 2010.