Feeling a little more secure in your daily Dallas life? Well, do ya, pu... sorry.
You probably should. According to a city memo, Dallas crime dropped fairly significantly in pretty much every reporting category except home burglaries.
The year-to-date report comparing crime rates accumulated through April 27 of 2010 and this year shows a reduction in murder, down 8.2 percent; rape, lower by 13.5 percent; robbery, down by 17.6 percent; and aggravated assault, dropped by 14.1 percent.
On the non-violent crime side of the coin, theft decreased by 7.8 percent and auto theft dropped 23.2 percent.
Only burglary increased by a paltry 1.6 percent — paltry only if you weren’t burglarized — with home burglary up 2.4 percent and business burglary down 1.1 percent. Put the two subcategories together, chant some mathematical incantation, and you come up with 1.6 percent.
So hey, great, we can now go back to a time remembered and recounted by our forefathers and leave the front door open all day, sleep with the windows open — just not tonight, too cold — run into the store “just for a minute” and leave the car idling, and ... sit back and watch those crime rates soar again.
OK, maybe it’s better to keep those locks secured.
Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He’s not too worried about crime. He’s got nothing worth stealing.