Waco: Violent crime down for 5th straight year

In Waco’s latest crime statistics report to the FBI, murders, rapes and robberies continue to drop. (File)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) For the fifth straight year crime is down in Waco and police are crediting the community with the drop.

In several Central Texas cities, violent and serious crimes have been on the rise, but the FBI's Uniform Crime Report shows Waco's violent crime rate is steadily falling.

"Waco is becoming safer every day now, we want to continue that trend," say's Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

In Waco’s latest crime statistics report to the FBI, murders, rapes and robberies continue to drop.

Swanton says the community is a major reason for the decrease.

"We don't take credit for those numbers dropping. We believe that is mostly the community doing the right thing, reporting things that are suspicious, letting us know before things become a crime, that's the important part,” he said.

The FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program shows that level one crimes across the board are down since 2013, five years running.

Swanton says the department wants to crack down more.

"We know that there is a small amount of people that do a whole lot of crime and those are the ones that we want to get off the street and keep them off the street."

Another impressive statistic for Waco police is their response time, Swanton said.

"The stats show that the majority of calls that we respond to or answered was within 30 seconds."

Waco continues to grow and prosper economically, and tourism continues on the rise.

With crime falling, some believe it will be another good calling card for prospective residents.

"I feel safe in telling you that Waco is a good community to live in. It's a good community to work in," Swanton said.

"I just don't think I can give enough kudos to the community for being a part of helping us keep crime down in Waco Texas,” he said.