Theft remains the most common crime in Texarkana, Texas.
“A lot of the thefts we have are shoplifting. You know, people go in the store and steal something usually they wind up getting caught, you know. So, that drives those numbers, we have a lot of shoplifting there,” said Officer Shawn Vaughn.
Vaughn encouraged residents to protect their property and lock their doors. He added that there is a correlation between theft and the city’s third most common crime, drug law violations. “We arrest a lot of people for theft and a lot of times … the motivator behind that is to be able to get money to do drugs.” The city’s second most common crime was simple assault.
Otherwise, Vaughn said major crime is slightly down. But over time, he said, the city’s crime rate has remained pretty constant. “Overall, I think you know we’re about where we have been. We’ve experienced a little bit of a decrease this last year, we’d love to be able to maintain that going
into this next year and the year beyond that, but typically, those things tend to kindof balance out over time. As a whole, I believe that Texarkana is a very safe place to live, work and raise your family,” he said.