The total number of crimes fell last year in Somervell County, although the violent crimes of rape and robbery rose.

The Texas Department of Public Safety's annual report of Uniform Crime Reporting statistics showed Somervell County with one of the lowest crime rates statewide, not surprising since it's the second-smallest county in Texas.

The total number of crimes recorded last year in the county was 102, a drop of almost 30 percent from 144 in 2009.

Murder is a rarity in the county and there were none recorded in 2010 or 2009. But data for last year included two rapes and two robberies, compared with none in 2009.

Aggravated assaults fell from seven in 2009 to three last year. Burglaries also were down from 42 in 2009 to 25 in 2010. Larceny also slid from 92 in 2009 to 67 last year, while the number of auto thefts remained the same at three.

See the full report with reaction from local law enforcement authorities in next week's Reporter.