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2020 McAllen Crime Estimates Released

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The City of McAllen participates in the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program. This program makes possible the measurement and analysis of the crime index in a uniform manner.  The UCR program is the reporting of seven index crimes.

The department recognizes that these outcomes are the result of community-wide efforts. 

Statement by V. Rodriguez, Chief of Police: 

“Our community strives to prevent crime, to promote public safety and to participate in the investigation of crime when it does occur.  To this end, the Department expresses sincere appreciation to all members of our community and to the McAllen City Commission for their diligence and dedication to making public safety a top priority.   The Department expresses special thanks to the men and women of the McAllen Police Department for their hard work and successful outcomes.”       

We anticipate releasing our Crime in McAllen 2020 report on Friday, January 22, 2021.  Generally, the report will reflect the following information:

            Crime by Volume (collective sum of reported crime):

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            Violent Crime decreased:      -12.1%

            Property Crime decreased:    -22.4%

            Crime Total decreased:          -22.0%

            Crime Rate (factors changes in population):

            Violent Crime decreased:      -12.1%

            Property Crime decreased:    -22.4%

            Crime Total decreased:          -22.0%

This report will indicate that during 2020, the department recorded 821 less offenses than in previous year. 

Decreased number of offenses:         -854 offenses.

Decrease analysis:

Robbery decreased:                           -16 offenses.

Aggravated Assault decreased:          -13 offenses.

Burglary decreased:                           -13 offenses.

Theft/Larceny decreased                    -812 offenses.

Increased number of offenses:           33 offenses.

Increase analysis:

Murder increased:                               2 offenses.

Rape increased:                                  10 offenses.

Auto Theft increased:                         21 offenses.   

Theft represents 95% of the decreased number of reported offenses.  As such, the Theft reports are analyzed as follows:

Theft increase/decrease analysis:

Pick Pocket:                               -6    offenses.

Purse snatching:                        -4    offenses.

Shoplifting:                           -492    offenses.

Theft from Autos:                     -86    offenses.

Theft of auto parts:                  -21    offenses.

Theft of bicycles:                       16     offenses.

Theft from buildings                    -3    offenses.

Theft from coin machines:         -9    offenses.

 Theft – all other:                     -207    offenses.        

The COVID-19 Pandemic affected our community in many tragic ways.  The following is characterized as the COVID-19 Effect as such relates to Calls-For-Service (CFS) during 2020 when compared to 2019.


            CFS – Disturbances:              -1,117             -8.7%.

            CFS – Traffic Accidents:       -3,418             -31.1%.

            CFS – Alarm Calls:               -2,610             -19.7%.

            CFS – Traffic Problems:       -2,207             -28.1%.

            CFS – Traffic Stops:             -12,852           -29.6%

            CFS – All:                            -20,356           -13.3%  

As we go forward, the department will continue to be responsive to current experiences.


Due to Covid 19 restrictions interviews requested will be conducted via Zoom or on an individual basis.

The 2020 McAllen Crime Estimates report will be posted online January 22, 2020 on the City Of McAllen website at https://www.mcallen.net/departments/pd/records-bureau/crime-reports 

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