The idea that violent crime is “on the rise” in Austin is an incomplete interpretation of the data, and the idea that Austin is experiencing some sort of “crime wave” is a blatant falsehood. Overall the crime rate has been decreasing steadily in recent years, while the violent crime rate has been stagnant.
Violent crime is often cited as a reason for increased and excessive funding to the Austin Police Department. However, the data does not support the idea that increased funding to APD has been lowering the violent crime rate. APD’s budget has increased steadily over the past five years while the violent crime rate has held constant.