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Hurricane Alex impact on crime rates in Houston, Texas

This study analyzed pre and post natural disaster index crime rates in the city of Houston, Texas with using Hurricane Alex occurring in 2010. The data used are the crime rates from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010. Hurricane Alex was a category 2 hurricane that formed on June 25, 2010 and dissipated July 2, 2010. The index crime rates included in this study are murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, auto theft. They were recovered from the Houston Police Department website and assimilated into this study. The reported crime statistics were taken six months prior to the hurricane and six months after the hurricane and used in a Paired Sample T Test using SPSS. Natural Disasters specifically Hurricane Alex had a weak statistically relationship with all index crimes that occurred during this time frame. Further research may be needed to identify other social factors during a natural disaster that account for changes and fluctuations in crime rates before and after the occurrence of a natural disaster.

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