ROBSTOWN — City of Robstown officials are disputing a story in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times in which the website 24/7 Wall Street ranked Robstown as the worst city to live in Texas.
The ranking was based on crime data and other statistics from 2017. The story, which was published Saturday, reported Robstown had a violent crime rate of 894 for 2017, but city manager Herman Rodriguez said the city’s police department reported only 27 violent crimes for all of that year. He also said no one compiling the statistics or reporting on the story called the city for comment or to verify figures.
“I knew the article had no merit,” Rodriguez stated in a press release. I am disappointed that our local journalists did not reach out to us to verify information, we are after all one Coastal Bend.”
According to the city, Robstown participates in the Uniform Crime Reporting Program by reporting its data to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The Texas Uniform Crime Program reports its data to the FBI. According to the city, the FBI discourages ranking the information.
The City of Robstown has reached out to the FBI to confirm that the data was erroneous. They have also contacted the Caller-Times to schedule a meeting to encourage the exchange of information.