By Steve Walker
Steve Walker is a Vietnam Veteran, former Justice of the Peace and Journalist
Did you know that the overall crime rate in San Antonio is 102% more than the national average? How about for every 100,000 people, there are 15.21 daily crimes occur in San Antonio? Would you believe the Ala- mo City is safer than 6 % of the cities in the United States or in San Antonio you have a 1 in 19 chance of becoming a victim of any crime? Lastly, did you know the number of total year crimes in SA has decreased by 1 %?
The above illustration depicts the number of crimes committed daily in San Antonio, per 100,000 residents. Additionally, daily crime statistics are also listed for Texas as well as national figures. In San Antonio, the total number of daily crimes is 1.85 times more than the Texas average and 2.02 times more than the national aver- age.
Violent crime statistics in the Alamo City are 1.61 times more than the Texas average and 1.85 times more than the national average. Regarding crimes committed against personal property, San Antonio, TX has a daily crime rate that is 1.89 times more than the Texas average and 2.05 times more than the daily national average.
Does the question now become what are the odds that you’ll be safer in San Antonio, rather than other areas of Texas, as well as the rest of America?
San Antonio is safer than 3% when compared to other Texas cities, and 6% com- pared to all other cities across America.
The chance of being a victim of violent crime in San Antonio is 1 in 142. The chance of being a victim of property crime in San Antonio is 1 in 21 and the chance of being a victim of a crime in San Antonio is 1 in 19.
In San Antonio we have 22,823 law enforcement employees, the state 46,020, and the nation 558,732. There are a total of 2,883 San Antonio police officers. This results in 2.1 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 30.5% less than the Texas average and 35.8% less than the national average.
When it comes to the Guadalupe West Side Crime, the question asked to resi- dents recently,” how safe do you feel?” The response was “very safe,” by 44 per- cent. Second question asked, “How reliable are the police in this area?” Answer: 38% with the caveat, “the po- lice are visible, but respond slowly.”
San Antonio like any other city has its share of crime more than some and less than others. Having taught in the Hispanic community at La Tekla and La Memorial, it is no worse than any other part of the city. Personally, I feel safer in those areas than others located in more affluent areas.
But then again as I always write “Just a Thought.”