Crime in Allandale was down in 2008, but not by much. The best that can be said is it's not on the rise. To really understand what's going on with crime in the neighborhood you need to dig into the details. This is simply a summary of the detail made available through the Austin Police Department's Crime Viewer.
The total number of crimes in Allandale in 2008 was 1,202 compared to 1,232 in 2007 and 1,258 in 2006. The table above shows only the top 25 crimes reported in Allandale from 2005 to 2008. It does not show the totals. You can see that Theft is consistently at the top of the list. If you look at the detail, you'll see most of of the thefts are from businesses along Burnet and Anderson. This is similar to what the stats tell us in adjoining neighborhoods. Theft and Burglary of Vehicles are the top crimes. Here's a link to a comparison of reported crimes in Allandale, Brentwood, Crestview, North Shoal Creek, and Rosedale. The number of incidents for most of the crimes is higher in Allandale simply because Allandale is larger than the other neighborhoods, not because crime in our neighborhood is more prevalent.
I delved into the detail on Burglary of Residences for Allandale, because for most people that ranks high on their list of worries. Is someone going to break into my house? There were a total of 42 burglaries in 2008, up from 33 in 2007. You can see from the map, there does not appear to be any single month where the number of crimes is particularly high. The color balloons in the map indicate the month of the year. Burglaries are spread out more or less evenly across the year. To fully understand the map, click here where you will see the blocks and block numbers of where these burglaries took place. What the map indicates is there is higher incidence of burglaries south of Hancock.
Just a reminder that in the past year, Allandale has put together a solid block captain structure under the coordination and efforts of Laura DiCarlo. To learn more about becoming a block captain, email Laura [Email address: %20lhdicarlo #AT# yahoo.com - replace #AT# with @ ].