As expected, Dallas City Councilman Jesse Moreno earned the Crime Boss of the Month title for the rampant crime that has ravaged residents and businesses in District 2 during November.
Moreno clinched his second Crime Boss title based on November 2022 crime statistics downloaded from the City of Dallas Open Data website on December 14, from which The Dallas Express calculated a 7.33% increase in Moreno’s Crime Score over November 2021.
District 2 encompasses a swath of Northwest Dallas and much of Downtown along the I-30 corridor. It includes both Deep Ellum and the Dallas Farmers Market, two of the city’s most well-known cultural landmarks.
A total of 1,029 crimes were committed in District 2 last month, according to the City’s crime analytics dashboard, 44 more than in November of last year, continuing a four-month trend of year-over-year increases in crime and accounting for more than 13% of all crime within the city limits.
Moreno’s Crime Score increase for November was primarily the result of an uptick in seven of the 30 crime categories monitored by The Dallas Express.
|Crime Category||2022 Incidents||2021 Incidents||Increase–|
|Motor Vehicle Thefts||162||128||34|
|Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property||90||76||14|
|Weapons Law Violations||22||14||8|
As previously reported in The Dallas Express, car-related crimes have been on the rise citywide for years now, and Moreno’s district had the most reported incidents in November. Over 160 vehicles were stolen that month, dozens more than in Omar Narvaez’s District 6 and Paul Ridley’s District 14, which also logged more than 100 motor vehicle thefts.
Vehicle break-ins and burglaries also stood out, with District 2 and District 14 both clocking 192 thefts from motor vehicles — 95 more than District 6, which has also been a hotspot for auto crimes.
Moreno’s district also saw a 32% increase in drug offenses over the previous November and an 18% increase in instances of vandalism and destruction of property.
District 2 has been a primary driver of the year-to-date crime increase in Dallas, alongside Districts 6, 7, and 14. Together, these districts virtually erase any gains claimed by city officials in terms of crime reduction, as previously reported in The Dallas Express.
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.