A recent study lists Killeen as the ninth most dangerous city in Texas.
The Darrow Law Firm of Houston published the study, which evaluated cities with populations above 100,000 people.
While Killeen ranked ninth for violent crimes, down from seventh last year, it ranked third for most homicides per 100,000 people, with 7.11. It was No. 1 in rapes with 52.67 per 100,000 people. Killeen also had 49.82 robberies and 175.09 aggravated assaults per 100,000 people, according to the study. Killeen’s population is about 140,000.
So far in 2017, there have been 10 deaths being investigated by the Killeen Police Department as criminal homicide this year.
The firm took into consideration 2016 crime statistics, police presence, crime deterrence measures like Neighborhood Watch, gated communities and community investment, to determine what made a city safe or not.
Odessa tops list
Like last year, Odessa tops off the list as the No. 1 most dangerous city in Texas, with Beaumont in second, Houston third and Lubbock in fourth.
Dallas and Amarillo took fifth and sixth, and Waco and Corpus Christi were seventh and eighth, respectively. San Antonio rounded out the top 10.
The study used the FBI’s uniform crime reporting program, data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Area Vibes website, which was created using a unique algorithm that evaluates seven different categories including nearby amenities, cost of living, crime rates, education, employment, housing and weather, to determine the best places to live.
The FBI has released uniform crime report numbers for the for first six months of 2016, but not the whole year. The law firm did not specify what FBI numbers were used in the study.
The report suggested several ways to help lower neighborhood crime rates like bonding with the neighbors, improve the lighting and have visible security cameras, know and invite your local law enforcement into your neighborhood, lock up and keep valuables out of sight, be active outside and maintain your yard and always report suspicious behavior.
KPD did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the new study.