Auto Thefts Spike in Eastern Dallas

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Thief attempting to steal a car | Image by Nomad_Soul

City Council Member Paula Blackmon’s District 9 saw one of the steepest year-over-year increases in motor vehicle thefts for the month of February.

As previously reported in The Dallas Express, Blackmon’s district — which mostly runs east of Abrams Road and terminates along Interstate 635 — has been suffering its share of auto thefts in recent months, a crime that has been skyrocketing citywide over the last few years.

Motor vehicle thefts jumped by 40.9% year-over-year last month in District 9, according to the City of Dallas Open Data crime analytics dashboard. Car burglaries also spiked in the district, with 32.4% more incidents reported compared to February 2022.

The Dallas Express was informed by the Dallas Police Department (DPD) about some of these car-related crimes in District 9.

One such incident occurred on February 4 in one of the parking lots at Boy Scout Hill off the north shore of White Rock Lake.

“The preliminary investigation determined that an unknown suspect broke the victim’s car window and took their luggage and wallet,” relayed Senior Corporal Brian Martinez of the Dallas Police Department.

Another car burglary was reported on February 17 at a shopping center off Centerville Road and Garland Road. A thief reportedly targeted a vehicle in the parking lot and “broke the victim’s car door and took work equipment,” according to Martinez.

The day before that, a person’s vehicle was stolen from the parking lot of the Iron Landings apartment complex. Police records indicate that the victim had locked the car and still had the keys.

On February 13, two men met at a hotel in the vicinity of Walnut Hill Lane and Jupiter Road. One of the men allegedly stole the keys out of the other’s backpack.

“A short time later, the suspect took the victim’s Hyundai Genesis and left the location,” Martinez stated.

Property crimes such as these are rampant within Dallas’ city limits. Citywide, car thieves and burglars are keeping on pace with 2022, on track to hit last year’s combined total of 26,151 car thefts and break-ins.

A request for comment was sent to Council Member Blackmon’s office. She was informed of the significant hike in car crimes last month and asked by The Dallas Express what the Dallas City Council is doing to proactively address motor vehicle thefts. Her council assistant, Luke Tinker, referred The Dallas Express to DPD.

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17 days ago

Wonder when liberals will actually get tired of the increase in crime and punish the perpetrators instead trying to understand them. Probably when it’s their car.

Anna W.
Anna W.
Reply to  Bret
17 days ago

Liberals will get tired of crime, when conservatives come up with a plan, to get rid of crime. The police are doing the best that they can. The Dallas police has one of the best training in the metroplex but cities, like Plano, Allen, Frisco McKinney. But after they are trained these small cities recruit them, paying them a lot more money. So Bret let’s call or Write Governor Abbott and tell him to increase the salaries of the Dallas police.

He give’s the above mentioned cities money for their officers. I wonder why?

Reply to  Anna W.
15 days ago

Good question. Conservatives have a plan. They plan to complain about liberals to deflect from the fact they have no plan.

17 days ago

Why are vehicles SO easy to STEAL? it appears the higher the price, the easier to STEAL.are drivers leaving the keys in the vehicle? I know some IDIOT’S leaves the doors unlocked or the windows down,and the vehicles running.

Last edited 17 days ago by Michael
Anna W.
Anna W.
Reply to  Michael
16 days ago

Why are vehicles so easy to steal? Because we have people demanding who are impatient and want them now and complain.

So manufacturers are rushing them off the assembly line. We want everything now. Plus they don’t have enough staff, so the thieves go steal cars and put them online.