Dallas Police Target Troubled Apartment Complexes

Crime down 80 percent in one complex since entering crime-reduction program

By Ellen Goldberg
|  Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012  |  Updated 12:49 AM CDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
A Northeast Dallas apartment complex experiences an 80 percent drop in crime after going into a mandatory crime-reduction program.

Ellen Goldberg, NBC 5 News

A Northeast Dallas apartment complex experiences an 80 percent drop in crime after going into a mandatory crime-reduction program.

advertisement

Dallas says it sees signs of success in a crime initiative that targets apartment complexes where crime is a persistent problem.

On Monday afternoon, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Police Chief David Brown stopped by a Northeast Dallas apartment complex where crime is down by 80 percent since April.

Arbor Vista Apartments in the 9800 block of Whitehurst Drive was forced into the city’s mandatory crime-reduction program in April.

With the help of Dallas police, the new management cleared out four drug houses and two suspected drug houses, apartment manager Melissa Bryant said. Apartment managers worked with Dallas police to introduce courtesy patrols, evict felons living on property and add extra security features.

Brown suggested that other problem properties should take note.

“We'd like for you to be this type of apartment complex, and if you show us you are not willing to do the simple things, our city attorneys ready to proceed with legal prosecution,” he said.

The mandatory crime reduction program went into effect Feb. 1, 2009. It targets apartment complexes where crime has been a continual problem.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get NBCDFW on Mobile!
Get NBCDFW's free news and weather... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out