Police Chief Art Acevedo credited the homicide decline partly to an intense police focus on assaults and domestic violences. “The way you reduce murders is to solve attempted murders,” he said.
Houston logged 33 fewer murders in 2017 than it recorded in 2016, an 11 percent decrease that Police Chief Art Acevedo credited in part to an intense police focus on assaults and domestic violence, the Houston Chronicle reports. “The way you reduce murders is to solve attempted murders,” he said. “If you think about people who shoot people, frequently it’s not the first person they’ve ever shot, and in many cases it won’t be the last person they will shoot.” Acevedo is putting potential violent criminals on notice with this warning: “You may end up beating the charge later on, but you ain’t gonna stop from taking a ride to jail.”
Houston’s overall violent crime rate was projected to increase about 4 percent by the Brennan Center For Justice. The center estimated that Houston will experience a violent crime rate of 1,012 violent crimes per 100,000 the nation. In comparison, at its 1991 peak, Houston’s violent crime rate was 1,600, according to the FBI’s UCR database. Acevedo noted in a tweet that he has only 5,100 police officers in a rapidly growing area, well under half of Chicago’s 13,000.