A summertime Dallas police operation targeting specific neighborhoods and criminal activity, including gang- and gun-related violence, has made a dent in the number of violent crimes, which spiked in the first five months of the year, Acting Chief David Pughes said Friday.
Dallas is trending with double-digit percentage increases in robberies and aggravated assaults over the same time last year. Homicides spiked in May — police reported 40, a one-month tally not seen in the city since the early 1990s.
But in recent months, violent crimes have ticked down. Month-over-month totals show violent crime dropping 5% in July and 3.5% in August.