Chuck McClanahan

Dear Citizens, As the Mayor of Corsicana, the public safety of all citizens and visitors is my top priority. It is also the top priority for the City Council. Each year approximately 50% of the City’s General Fund Budget is allocated for police and fire protection. As the New Year begins, I am pleased to report that based on the most recent FBI crime statistics, Corsicana is safer today than in the past twenty years!

Each year the FBI requires every law enforcement agency in the country to report all murders, forcible rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, thefts, motor vehicle thefts, and arsons that were committed each year in that agency’s jurisdiction. The FBI classifies these crimes as Part 1 Crimes. Through the end of November 2015, Part 1 Crime in Corsicana has significantly decreased, 10% compared to the same time period in 2014. This is particularly noteworthy since 2014 had the lowest reported Part 1 Crime since 1995 with 1,290 crimes reported. This year is the third consecutive year Part 1 Crime has decreased in Corsicana. Overall, Part 1 Crime has decreased 29% since 1995 and an incredible 58% since 2003, which had the highest reported Part 1 Crime in over twenty years with 2,035. The graph below details the Police Department Part 1 Crime as reported to the FBI since 1995.

In 2014, there was an alarm company that posted misleading information regarding crime in Texas, including Corsicana, on their website. The company admitted there are several ways to present crime data and stated, they “consulted” the most recent FBI crime data. However, the company did not report the total Part 1 Crime or break down the crimes into the specific Part 1 Crime categories, but rather generalized the data. The company also heavily relied on the population of each city to calculate the crime rate, despite the FBI cautioning not to compare crime data based solely on the population of the community. This is due to the fact that communities that are regional centers have a significant increase in both the daytime and evening workforces, as well as sectors of the population that are uncounted during the Census effort which under estimates the total populace. In addition, visitors come to town to shop, attend various sporting events, entertainment affairs, and festivals. Communities with colleges are also misrepresented with crime data based on population. Most college students are considered residents of the communities in which the parents live and not where they attend college. This can cause a skewed crime to population ratio which is exactly what “the alarm company” reported. Therefore, crime statistics should be scrutinized closely to verify that an accurate picture of a community is represented, and remember that alarm companies are trying to sell a product.

The City of Corsicana presents the most current crime statistics on the City website. Please contact the local Police Department directly for crime data information and review the website and Facebook page for accurate information. Take time to review the information and contact the Police Department if you have any questions.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the Police Department for their dedication and service in making Corsicana the safest community in over twenty years. Please have a safe and Happy New Year!

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