Crime skyrockets in Austin, TX

June 15, 2021

What happens when the Austin City Council slashes its police budget

Crime goes up! 

Meanwhile, Texas Democrats like Lizzie FletcherVicente GonzalezHenry Cuellar and Colin Allred are voting against condemning the Defund the Police movement. Congressman Vicente Gonzalez literally got into a bar fight because he was demeaning local law enforcement. 

NRCC Comment: “Texas Democrats won’t defend the police because they want to defund the police.” – NRCC Spokeswoman Torunn Sinclair 

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Crime rate in Austin rising faster than population growth, data shows


Terri Gruca

June 14, 2021

The mass shooting in Austin had many people asking how the City’s crime rate is looking compared to population growth.

So, the KVUE Defenders compared population growth and crime rate data.

The population in Austin has grown about 4% over the last five years. According to City of Austin data, Austin’s population is currently 1,010,835. Five years ago, in 2017, it was 967,629.

The KVUE Defenders also used the Chief of Police monthly crime data to see where the City stands on crime. When we looked at the same time period, the Defenders found serious crimes are up.

As of April 2021, murders in Austin are up significantly this year. Police data shows there have been 27 murders in 2021 year-to-date, compared to 9 year-to-date in 2017, a 200% increase.

Aggravated assaults are up 36%. There have been 1,034 year-to-date in 2021, compared to 815 over the same time period in 2017.

Car thefts are also up dramatically in the last few years, about 77% since 2017. Crime data shows there were 1,199 car thefts year-to-date in 2021 compared to 677 during the same time period in 2017.

Burglaries are down 9%. So far this year, there have been 1,388 burglaries, compared to 1,524 over the same time period in 2017.