The hits just keep on coming in City Councilman Adam Bazaldua’s District 7, which clocked the most assault offenses in Dallas last month.
According to the City of Dallas crime analytics dashboard, 288 assault offenses were committed there in January, a 10.3% increase over the same month in 2022, when 261 incidents were logged.
District 7 had the most reported assaults, with Councilwoman Carolyn King Arnold’s District 4 trailing at 246 offenses.
Only three other districts had more than 200 assault offenses logged in January: Districts 2 (227), 8 (220), and 6 (205).
Bazaldua’s district also made a significant contribution to the city’s overall violent crime rate, which council members have acknowledged has spiked since the new year, as previously reported in The Dallas Express.
While reporting to the City Council’s Public Safety Committee on its Violent Crime Reduction Plan, the Dallas Police Department (DPD) informed committee members of significant increases in murder and aggravated assault in the plan’s delineated crime hotspots, the geographical boundaries of which are not publicized.
Murders jumped by 9.5% year-over-year in January within these defined hotspot zones, DPD said, and aggravated assaults increased by 14.75%, despite the department’s apparently aggressive patrolling.
It is unclear whether any of the officially designated hotspots are located in Councilman Bazaldua’s district, but it would not be surprising considering the 24.4% year-over-year hike it saw in aggravated assault reports during January. The district logged 112 incidents compared to the 90 recorded last year, according to City data.
The other two districts with the most aggravated assaults were District 4 (103) and current Crime Boss Jaime Resendez’s District 5 (92).
The Dallas Express reached out to Councilman Bazaldua’s office for comment but did not receive a reply before press time.
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.
For more Dallas crime-related news, see how robberies increased YOY in Jamie Resendez’s District 5.