Amarillo ranked highest for reported rapes in Texas

Published: Jan. 27, 2015 at 7:57 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 28, 2015 at 7:38 AM CST
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Amarillo, TX - When is comes to high crime rates for cities in Texas, Amarillo ranks at the top, according to the latest numbers in the FBI's Uniform Crime Report.

The FBI's Uniform Crime report shows that Amarillo has 6th highest crime rate and the highest number of reported rapes in Texas per capita.

The rankings are based on murder or non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and a few others crimes.

Randall County District Attorney James Farren says tracking these types of numbers in Amarillo can be complicated.

"Amarillo sits on a county line about half is in Potter County and the other half is in Randall County and many of the numbers become skewed when whoever is compiling the information tries to create statistics" says Farren.

Rape is the number one unreported crime nationally.

For this reason Farren says these numbers may not be an entirely bad thing.

"It is never good news that anyone has been the victim of sexual assault. But what it does indicate is because sexual assaults are the most underrated reported kind of crime, the fact that more people are willing to report it in the Amarillo area. I suspect this points to the fact that they believe something will be done. That the police and prosecutors will respond" says Farren.

Angie Stovall with family support services says most victims of sexual assault in Amarillo are children.

"When we think about that, we are thinking about who the offenders are and why do we have so many here. They are usually within that child's social system. So we are looking at family, we are looking at friends, we are looking at people who play a role in that child's life somehow. 99-percent of the time, they know that offender" says Stovall.

Farren feels it is important people in our area continue to report sexual assault crimes.

"If you have been the victim of an assault crimes report, don't be afraid to bring this information to us. We will respond, we will go after the persecutor, we will gather the evidence and they will be brought to justice".

Odessa was ranked number one for the highest crime rate in the state, followed by Lubbock at number two.