Crime rate in Sugar Land hits historic low

Sugar Land’s crime rate hit a 20-year low in 2016.

The results were included in the Sugar Land Police Department’s 2016 annual report. According to the police department, Sugar Land’s crime rate decreased 1.7 percent from 2015 to 2016. The rate is 45.7 percent lower than the state average and 38.7 percent lower than the national average for 2015. Sugar Land’s violent crime rate decreased 2.2 percent from 2015 to 2016. The rate is 78.8 percent lower than the state average and 76.7 percent lower than the national average for 2015.

Sugar Land’s property crime rate decreased 1.7 percent from 2015 to 2016. The rate is 41 percent lower than the state rate for 2015 and 33 percent lower than the national average for 2015.

National and state crime rates for 2016 will not be published until later this year.

The overall crime rate is comprised of Part 1 crimes that include homicides, sexual assaults, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, thefts and auto thefts.

In addition to the lowest crime rate in 20 years, other department accomplishments in 2016 included the creation of Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events, an infant child abduction drill called “Code Pink” at Sugar Land Methodist Hospital, the purchase of tactical vests for every patrol vehicle and the acquisition of off-road vehicles to patrol Cullinan Park.

Sugar Land Police Chief Doug Brinkley credits a strong police presence, community partnerships, public education, a commitment to technology, training and departmental leadership for Sugar Land’s historically low crime rate.

Priorities during 2017 will include:

  • A focus on residential burglaries and vehicle burglaries;
  • expanded use of social media;
  • planning for the annexations of Greatwood and New Territory;
  • implementation of a Teen Academy;
  • special events traffic management; and
  • commercial vehicle enforcement.

“Despite our historic low crime rate, we will remain proactive and continue our focus to remain one of the safest cities in the nation,” Brinkley said. “This will include continued resources such as a special impact team to address burglaries and educational efforts intended to ensure our citizens remain safe. We are committed to a leadership role in building community partnerships. It’s important for us to stay connected to the community, which enables us to work together to create a safe environment to live and work.”


OFFENSE 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Homicide 0 1 1 1 0
Sexual Assault 4 4 5 6 14
Robbery 37 35 37 41 43
Agg. Assault 66 57 54 29 19
Burglary 289 256 220 206 250
Theft 1,217 1,311 1,133 1,239 1,157
Auto Theft 35 46 42 30 49
Total 1,648 1,710 1,492 1,552 1,532

1 Comment for “Crime rate in Sugar Land hits historic low”

  1. wizengy

    How to Change a 12-30% Crime Increase into a History Low rate.
    Sugar Land Police reported a 2.2 % violent rate decrease from 2015 to 2016 and claimed record low rate. To make such a claim first divide all violent crime into several categories and report numbers for each category. Then ignore the categories presenting a final figure as if all categories have the same severity and occurrence. This way, a lesser crime category that measures over a thousand is grouped with a more serious category that measures in the tens. Here, a 7% decrease in thefts from 1239 to 1157 has 82 fewer crimes and this totally hides the 133% increase in sexual assaults from 6 to 14. A slightly better way to give a percentage change for each category and then average the percent changes together. This changes a 1.3% decrease into a 12% increase. If you remove the Homicides category because the data sample size of 1 is just too statistically low for this table, then crime rate increases to 30%. If you do the same for Part 2 crimes and you arrive at a 24% increase. Now you have just changed a 30% increase in violent part 1 crimes to a history low.

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