What Are the Most Dangerous Cities in Texas?

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Texas cities with the highest crime rates include South Padre Island, Balcones Heights, Sunset Valley, Bellmead, Humble, Lake Worth, Raymondville, Cleveland and Texarkana. There are various reasons for high crime rates. South Padre Island, located on the Gulf of Mexico, is a popular destination for students on spring break who engage in alcohol abuse and petty crime. Texarkana is a known center for methamphetamine trading.

Demographics may play a role in crime incidences. A population that includes a large number of unskilled young males is more prone to crime. In Odessa, an oil boom attracted under-educated young men looking for employment, and the city had a 75 percent increase in violent crime in five years. Drugs are also thought to contribute to the crime rate by driving users to fund their habits and promoting violent competition among dealers. The FBI announced that an investigation of high- and medium-level trade in methamphetamine resulted in the arrest of 25 Texarkana residents as well as the confiscation of methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, $50,000 in cash, 31 vehicles, including six stolen vehicles, 45 firearms, including three stolen firearms, 10,000 rounds of ammunition and seven properties with an estimated value of over $400,000. Texarna's crime rate is considerably higher than the average crime rate in most Texas cities.