Summer Burglary Spike Worries Northeast Dallas

By Ellen Goldberg
|  Friday, Aug 6, 2010  |  Updated 7:55 AM CDT
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Northeast Dallas Sees Rise in Crime

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A recent spike in home break-ins has the attention of Northeast Dallas residents.

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Northeast Dallas Sees Rise in Crime

Dallas Police met with residents in northeast Dallas after a rise in crime. Officers have responded to more than 100,000 calls, more than any other patrol division in Dallas.
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While crime tends to go up every summer, a recent spike in home break-ins has the attention of people who live in Northeast Dallas.

"There's been quite a few instances lately of daytime burglaries," said homeowner Sherry Bartlett. "We just love our neighborhood and want to make sure it's safe."

According to numbers provided by Dallas police, Northeast Dallas saw a 9 percent increase in home break-ins between Jan. 1 and June 30. Last year, there were 1,536 home break-ins, but the number was at 1,678 this year.

"In the summertime, people go on vacation, and so we are seeing a lot of property crimes," Lt. Gloria Perez said.

Officers briefed homeowners and crime-watch leaders at a quarterly crime summit in Northeast Dallas on the latest crime stats. The numbers also show violent crime, which includes homicides, sexual assaults, robberies and aggravated assaults, creeping up in the area.

"It's inching up just a little bit," Perez said.

She and other officers said they hope neighborhood crime summits can help turn the numbers around. The department doesn't want to break its six-year streak in which overall crime in the city has gone down.

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