Dallas Police Reveal More Information on Massive Drop in Crime

By Frank Heinz
|  Monday, Feb 10, 2014  |  Updated 4:12 PM CDT
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DPD Reveals More About Massive Drop in Crime

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Dallas city leaders shared more information Monday regarding an earlier report of a huge drop in the city's crime rate.

In January, the Dallas Police Department reported in 2013 the city had the lowest overall crime rate in 47 years, including a 45 percent reduction in overall crime and a 50 percent violent crime rate reduction in over 10 years.

During a committee meeting Monday, the latest figures comparing 2012 and 2013 were presented which show a drop in all major crime categories except for sexual assault.

In a discussion with NBC 5 last month, Dallas Chief of Police David Brown said a plan to reduce sexual assaults in the city would likely result in an increase in reported attacks this year — something he believes may end up helping victims in the long run.

"This will sound counter intuitive," Brown responded, "But because sexual assaults are the most under reported crime, our sexual assault awareness campaign efforts may very well increase reported sexual crimes."

While comparing 2012 and 2013, the department is reporting a 60 percent drop in murders from 20 to eight; a 17 percent drop in robberies and a 22 percent drop in aggravated assaults.

A closer look at the numbers is below:

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE BRIEFING
Index Crime Year to Date 02/04/2014
Crime Type Actual YTD Actual LYTD % CHG YTD 4 YR % Change 10 YR % Change 2013 Rate Previous Low Year
Murder 8 20 -60.00 -15.24 -38.22 .11 1958
*Sexual Assault 56

41

36.59 14.14 -5.51 .43 **1968
Robbery 335 403 -16.87 -23.92 -47.25 3.33 1972

     Business

71 72 -1.39 -34.39 -45.5 NC NC

     Individual

264 331 -20.24 -21.10 -47.63 NC NC
Aggravated Assault 276 354 -22.03 -14.45 -26.85 2.73 1966
     Non-Fam Viol. 160 233 -31.33 -22.83 -64.85 NC NC
     Family Viol. 116 121 -4.13 5.17 -29.15 NC NC

Total Violent Crime

675 818 -17.48 -18.22 -50.29 6.59 1968

Burglary 1,069 1,445 -26.02 -25.32 -33.64 11.5 1966
     Business 254 391 -35.04 -14.77 -40.75 NC NC

     Residence

815 1,054 -22.68 -28.7 -30.44 NC NC
Theft 2,557 2,958 -13.56 -26.73 -48.13 24.06 1964
Auto Theft 720 745 -3.36 -28.61 -57.31 5.85 1976
Total Non-Violent 4,346 5,148 -15.58 -26.62 -46.52 41.4 1964

Total Index Crimes 5,021 5,966 -15.84 -25.57 -47.07

48.00

1966

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