Last month, 745 residents of Dallas were assaulted. The city averaged 24.03 assaults per day, a slight increase from August 2021, when assaults totaled 733, or 23.6 per day.
Out of the city’s 14 districts, District 7 was the only one that saw assaults climb into the triple digits, hitting 100 for the month of August. District 7 is led by Councilman Adam Bazaldua, September’s Crime Boss of the Month (CBOM) runner-up for the second consecutive month.
District 7 and Bazaldua began 2022 with four months of year-over-year decreases in overall crime, averaging declines of 10.46%. The district’s best crime score was in March, dropping by 16.84% compared to April 2021.
But something switched in District 7 in May, and its crime scores began increasing, surging 15.85% in May, 7.93% in June, 10.4% in July, and 17.4% in August.
The Dallas Express asked Bazaldua what had happened in his district the past four months, and what could have changed since the four-month reduction in crime his constituents had enjoyed. However, Bazaldua has not responded to requests for comment.
District 7 led the city in assault cases in September with a total of 100 despite City of Dallas population figures for 2022 ranking it only the sixth-largest of the 14 districts. Still, it had 53 more assaults than the largest, District 14 (estimated population 106,927), and 37 more than the next-largest, District 8 (estimated population 100,487).
District 2 saw the second-highest number of assaults in September, at 85. District 6 came in third with 80.
The remaining district assault numbers for August, ranked high to low, are as follows:
- District 4 70
- District 8 63
- District 3 62
- District 1 47
- District 14 47
- District 10 46
- District 9 41
- District 5 33
- District 11 25
- District 12 23
- District 13 23
The Dallas Express, The People’s Paper, believes that important information about the city, such as crime rates and trends, should be easily accessible to you. Dallas has more crime per capita than hotspots like Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and New York, according to data from the FBI’s UCR database.