New numbers released by FBI show McAllen crime rate drops, neighboring cities also ranked

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New numbers released by FBI show McAllen crime rate drops, neighboring cities also ranked (Source: KGBT Photo) 

New data from the FBI released Wednesday is showing the City of McAllen is the safest it’s been in decades. 

“It’s the lowest in 34 years, so when you think about, we had more crime 34 years ago then we do right now in McAllen,” said McAllen MayorJim Darling. 

You read that right. 

The most recent numbers from the FBI Crime in the United States by Metropolitan Statistical Area, 2018 reports show Darling is right with 86 fewer violent crimes reported in 2018 than in 2017. 

The city also went from seven murders in 2017 to zero in 2018. 

“That was fantastic,” said Darling. “In fact, that was the first time we hadn’t had a murder in three decades and that’s good. It’s quite an accomplishment.”  

Aggravated assault has gone down 46% within the city, according to the FBI. 

“Most of those are family related or acquaintance related, so the non-related sexual assaults are one or two a year, so that gives you an element of safety too, we don’t have that kind of crime here,” explained Darling. 

In 2017, there were 125 aggravated assaults and in 2018, there were 57 aggravated assaults. 

Residents say the decrease puts them at ease. 

“I believe that it’s very good since we know the police are doing their job here compared to other cities, so I feel like they’re doing a fantastic job,” said Dena Shaath. 

Stats on neighboring cities, like Mission and Edinburg, were also released. 

Mission had 94 violent crimes in 2018 compared to 98 in 2017.  The City of Mission maintained zero homicides for both 2017 and 2018. 

The City of Edinburg had 299 violent crimes reported in 2017, compared to 304 in 2018. They too, had the same amount of murders, 2, for both 2017 and 2018. 

The numbers for 2019 have not yet been released by the FBI. 

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