Study says crime on the rise in San Marcos, PD says not so fast


SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — A new study released by City Rating says crime in San Marcos is up — and will go up by the end of this year. 

The study collected numbers from the FBI from as far back as 18 years to make this calculation. 

Chase Stapp, the Chief of Police in San Marcos, says he has doubts about the study.

“They are trying their best to made a prediction based upon old data about what the new data will show. I would expect that it wouldn’t always be 100 percent accurate.”

The study from City Rating goes provide numbers for other cities in Texas and aross the country. Overall, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston show a downward trend in crimes (speficially violent and property crimes). Austin, however, does show an upward tick in those numbers over the last 18 years. 

The study for San Marocs, however, does omit 2017 figures. 

One could pontificate as to why these numbers are the way they are, but growth in population could be attributed, says The Chief. 

“The city has incrementally added positions to the police department to deal with some of that growth every year for the last several years. It’s not always just officers in the streets, we also expand other divisions to help free-up the time for our officers that are in our patrol division.”

The full study can be found here.

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