Houston's violent crime shows slight increase in 2008

Violent crimes in Houston increased slightly in 2008 compared with 2007 but property crimes dropped sharply last year — showing a more than 10 percent decline, according to statistics released Thursday by Houston police officials.

Among violent crimes, homicides dropped by 16 percent, but sexual assaults increased more than 8 percent from 2007, officials said. Aggravated assaults showed the largest increase in the violent crime category - at 9.1 percent.

HPD officials say the overall increase in violent crime — less than 1 percent — may be attributed to the effects of Hurricane Ike on the Houston area as well as the faltering economy...


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