Crime Reduction Is Good News For Rockwall Citizens

Rockwall Crime Rate.

Chief Mark MoellerRockwall Police Dept.
Chief Mark Moeller
Rockwall Police Dept.

A significant drop in City of Rockwall crime rate statistics puts the number of crimes at its lowest level since 2005, when population figures showed about 10,500 fewer residents.

A double digit drop was recorded in each category in the 2012 Rockwall Police Department crime statistic report – with overall crime down 10.4 percent.

Police Chief Mark Moeller welcomed the good news.

“It’s very good news any time you have a reduction in crime,” Chief Moeller said. “It’s an especially significant accomplishment when there is a double digit percent decrease in every category.”

The report showed a whopping 27 percent decline in violent crimes. There was a 16.8 percent drop in crimes that must be reported to the FBI by all police agencies – which include murders, rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, burglaries, thefts and motor vehicle thefts.

Chief Moeller credited members of his department for making Rockwall an even safer city.

“I am very proud of the hard work and commitment to service demonstrated by every member of this police department and the direct effect their work has in improving and maintaining the quality of life in our community,” he said.

The chief also recognized community involvement as a reason for the drop in crime.

“The department’s successes also come from our community partnerships and support. We have a very engaged community,” Chief Moeller noted, citing programs such as Citizens on Patrol (COP), Neighborhood Crime Watch and Texas Night Out.

Included in the crime statistic report Chief Moeller presented to the Rockwall City Council on Feb. 18 were details of the department’s 2012 Holiday Initiative Program. It was established to make the holiday shopping experience safe and enjoyable by adding extra patrol along the Interstate 30 retail/restaurant corridor through the Thanksgiving weekend and two weeks before Christmas day.

The report showed 11 offenses, a 31 percent drop from 2010 and 2011 when 16 offenses were documented. Seven of the 11 offenses were committed in stores (shoplifting and theft), which are outside the scope of the program.

Total Crime
Year Total Crimes Population Estimate Crime Index
2003 2,401 24,332 98.7
2004 2,556 25,377 100.9
2005 2,605 28,173 92.5
2006 2,914 29,458 98.9
2007 2,927 31,067 94.2
2008 2,849 31,800 89.6
2009 2,946 34,700 84.9
2010 2,763 36,300 76.1
2011 2,897 37,666 77.0
2012 2,596 38,750 67.0

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