Is Llano Safe? Crime Rates & Safety Report

Updated On June 14, 2024
Llano, United States
Safety Index:
83
* Based on Research & Crime Data

Llano, Texas, is a charming small town located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, about 65 miles northwest of Austin.

Founded in 1856, Llano has a rich history rooted in ranching, mining, and its strategic position along the Llano River, which provided a vital water source for early settlers.

Visitors to Llano are greeted with a blend of historical charm and natural beauty.

The town’s historic district features well-preserved buildings, including the Llano County Courthouse and the Red Top Jail, offering a glimpse into its storied past.

At the same time, downtown has an inviting and funky vibe, with a great food scene and plenty of nightlife.

The town also hosts annual events like the Llano Earth Art Fest and the Llano Crawfish Open.

The Llano River is an outdoor treasure, especially in the stifling summers of central Texas and near downtown, so that you can experience the best of both day and night.

Heads up if you’re traveling between November and January – that’s when you’ll find out why it’s called the “Deer Capital of Texas,” as nearly 15,000 people descend on the region for deer hunting season.

Warnings & Dangers in Llano

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK: LOW

The risk here is low, and this small town has a big personality when it comes to things to do. You won't run out of things to do, especially if you like the outdoors.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: LOW

You'll need a car to get to Llano, and the public transportation in this rural area isn't suitable for tourists. Taxis and rideshares might be slower than you'd find in a bigger city, but there will be more available during festivals.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK: LOW

The risk is low, with just five reported over the past five years between the town of Llano and the county. Most thefts happen in places like yards, campsites, or beaches, so don't let the low risk allow you to let your guard down.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: MEDIUM

The risks here run the gamut, starting with severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes in spring. The risk is heightened in spring but can happen any time of year. The summer heat can be oppressive, and wildfires or flash flooding are possible, depending on the weather conditions. Always keep an eye on the forecast in this region.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK: LOW

This is another low-risk, with no robberies of any kind reported in Llano in 2022 or 2023. Keep that risk low by following standard safety advice, like not wearing valuables or walking around alone at night.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK: LOW

Yet another low risk here, with a small town in a remote area not really prone to terror attacks. Mass shootings or domestic terrorism can happen anywhere, so don't let the comfort of a small town make you inattentive. Report anything suspicious to law enforcement.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK: LOW

Check local law enforcement social media sites for the latest scams. The Llano Police Department does a great job of posting current scams and providing reminders of scam tactics. Be especially wary about anyone asking you to buy gift cards to pay for something.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW

Nothing in the crime data or recent news reports suggests women are at a higher risk. Just use the standard basic safety steps and be aware of wilderness and weather conditions before you head out.

Tap Water Risk

TAP WATER RISK: LOW

The U.S. has strict standards for tap water per the Safe Water Drinking Act. Communities are required to provide a Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report) once a year by July 1. I would suggest reading the latest report for Llano, as the 2022 iteration shows 10 violations. All the violations were fixed and reported, but that's one of the largest violation reports I've seen in reviewing hundreds of them nationwide.

Safest Places to Visit in Llano

“Visit Llano Texas” is the name of the town and county tourism website.

You can find current events, a list of hotels and restaurants, and several of the closest attractions.

Llano County Historical Museum provides a deep dive into Llano’s past, showcasing Native American artifacts, early settler displays, and exhibits on the region’s ranching and mining heritage.

Built-in 1895, Red Top Jail is a historic jail with tours that reveal its intriguing history and architectural significance.

You can also get a great look at it from the historic Inks Bridge over the Llano River.

By the way, that bridge is a great place to watch the sunset, too.

Ideal for fishing, kayaking, and swimming, the Llano River is a central feature of the town, providing a beautiful natural setting for various water activities.

Badu Park is a great spot on the river, with a swimming beach and easy access to downtown Llano.

Downtown is the heart of Llano, featuring charming antique shops, boutiques, and local art galleries.

Visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll while exploring the town’s unique offerings.

You’ll be amazed at the diversity in the food scene, and be sure to find the Grateful Dead-themed Shakedown Street (which is technically an alley).

Railroad enthusiasts should check out the Llano River Railroad Museum, which is located in the historic railroad district.

A mining exhibit tells about the rich history of the region, with artifacts dating back to the 1800s.

A short drive from Llano, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area offers hiking, rock climbing, and spectacular views from the summit of Enchanted Rock, a massive pink granite dome.

Another short trip to Longhorn Cavern State Park is worth the trip to go underground on a cave tour and try your luck at gem mining.

NOTE: 

If the thought of going into a cave takes your breath away (like me – not good in tight spaces), you should know the general cave tour is well-lit and spacious.

It’s a wild cave adventure that puts you in tight spaces, in the water, and surrounded by darkness aside from a headlamp.

This is the ONLY cave in Texas you can legally explore.

You can also look into the amenities at Buchanan Lake and Lake Lyndon B. Johnson for more outdoor adventures near Llano.

Places to Avoid in Llano

Llano is a very small town with no bad neighborhoods or dangerous areas.

The only thing to avoid is the river or nearby roads when flooding is imminent or happening.

Don’t drive through flooded roads, as the road beneath might be washed out.

If there are severe storms in the forecast, don’t go on a long hike or start tubing a long stretch of the river.

You don’t want to be caught outside in one of the monster storms all too common in central Texas.

One additional piece of advice.

South Llano River State Park is an official Dark Sky Park, meaning it has some of the most pristine night skies nationwide.

However, it sounds a lot closer to Llano than it really is – the park is about 90 minutes away.

It’s still on the Llano River, just a good distance southwest near the town of Junction.

Safety Tips for Traveling to Llano

  1. Llano has a local police department. You can follow them on Facebook @Llano-Police-Department-100069007936454. Call (325) 247-3028 with any specific questions. The Llano County Sheriff’s phone number is (325) 247-5767.
  2. Review the WarnCentralTexas.org website to learn about natural hazards and storm dangers, then sign up for emergency alerts while you’re there. The emergency system covers Llano to La Grange, including Austin in between, so you’ll get information for a large section of central Texas.
  3. If you notice any storm damage on the streets or new potholes, please call 325-247-4158 to report it. A crew will be sent out as soon as possible to help.
  4. I strongly suggest you learn about the venomous snakes in Texas, as Llano County is home to several varieties. The western diamondback is one of the most prominent here. Don’t ever reach into a dark area, and always wear shoes. Having long pants while hiking is also advisable.
  5. There’s less than a one in 300 chance a driver will hit a deer in Llano County. Keep an eye on the sides of the road, especially near dawn, dusk, and after dark. Deer eyes should reflect in your headlights. Stick to the speed limit. November is the month most likely to have deer encounters on the road.
  6. If you plan on hunting deer or fishing, you’ll need a license from the Texas Department of Game and Parks. Please check the hunting safety requirements.
  7. Use Drive Texas’ website or app to check road conditions before you drive. This handy tool provides real-time traffic, live cameras, and construction information. If you create an account, you can set up alerts on your routes.
  8. When the temperatures get hot in summer, the wildfire risk increases. Look up on Google the numerous stories about the fires in the summer of 2023. You should always know where your closest evacuation route is. Follow all fire restrictions, too.
  9. When visiting a state park, check the requirements for reservations or timed entry. Several spots, especially in Llano County, get crowded when the weather is nice. Swimming holes and campsites are especially prone to filling up quickly.
  10. Use common sense if you go tubing on a river near Llano. Wear a life vest, and be sure you know how to swim before you get in the water. Just because a particular area is popular for swimming doesn’t mean it’s 100% safe.

So... How Safe Is Llano Really?

The violent crime rate in Llano County is about 72% lower than the state and national averages.

The city of Llano only had two violent crimes in 2023 and three in 2022.

The risk is low in both areas, with more than half of the crimes happening in private homes.

Even theft rates here are low, with an average of two a month in the city and about eight a month in the county.

70% of thefts fall into the “Other” category, which could be thefts from yards or campsites.

One of the biggest cases in Llano over the past few years was the abuse of power charges that took half of the police officers off the streets, including the police chief.

A new police chief and the replacement officers seem to be doing a good job of keeping crime under control and getting along with the community at the same time.

In fact, the old regime didn’t provide crime data, so luckily, this new group does.

The biggest safety risk here is the weather or weather-related events like flooding or wildfires.

Stay aware of the forecast and take necessary precautions.

You should have plenty of information now to make the trip to Llano or the surrounding county safe and enjoyable.

How Does Llano Compare?

CitySafety Index
Llano83
Dallas64
Memphis54
Orlando64
Las Vegas62
San Francisco61
Philadelphia60
Vienna (Austria)88
Hong Kong (China)70
Manama (Bahrain)54
Tianjin (China)67
Brussels (Belgium)60
Shanghai (China)66

Useful Information

Visas

Visas

All international visitors need either a visa defining the purpose of the trip (tourist, work, school, etc.) or a visa waiver. Start the process using the Visa Wizard module on the U.S. State Department website. You’ll quickly find out which one you need. Also, keep in mind that your passport must be valid for at least six months after our trip, or you’ll need to apply for a new one.

Currency

Currency

Only the U.S. Dollar (USD) is accepted in the United States. International airports usually have a currency exchange desk on site, while regional airports won’t. Your home bank offers the lowest fees. Several banks in Llano offer currency exchange services, but you might need to be a member to use those benefits. For those using credit cards, check to see if there’s a foreign transaction fee before you start racking up charges.

Weather

Weather

The coldest winter day might not get below freezing, with highs averaging in the 60s. Summers are sweltering, with highs in the mid to upper 90s from June through August. Wear comfortable, breathable fabrics and bring comfortable walking shoes.

Airports

Airports

You can get to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport within 90 minutes. San Antonio International Airport is less than two hours away. Dallas is a solid three-and-a-half-hours away, so it might not be the best option.

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

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Llano Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 9° C
Feb 11° C
Mar 15° C
Apr 20° C
May 24° C
Jun 28° C
Jul 29° C
Aug 29° C
Sep 25° C
Oct 20° C
Nov 14° C
Dec 9° C
Choose Temperature Unit

Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
°C
161823273034363632272217
Low
°C
1371217212222181261
High
°F
616473818693979790817263
Low
°F
343745546370727264544334

Texas - Safety by City

CitySafety Index
Abilene67
Amarillo65
Austin65
Beaumont51
Brownsville68
Carrollton72
Corpus Christi71
Dallas64
Del Rio68
Dell City81
Denton72
El Paso77
Fort Davis80
Fort Worth77
Fredericksburg85
Frisco84
Garland83
Granbury74
Grand Prairie72
Gruene82
Harlingen75
Houston59
Irving79
Laredo68
Lewisville80
Llano83
Lubbock38
Luckenbach77
Marathon78
Marfa80
McAllen74
McKinney84
Mesquite52
Midland78
Nacogdoches78
New Braunfels83
Plano86
Port Aransas83
Richardson81
San Angelo83
San Antonio53
Schulenburg83
Sherman73
Smithville84
South Padre Island70
Tyler70
Waco61
Waxahachie83
Weslaco68
Wichita Falls68
Wimberley81

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