Robberies in 2024 have overtaken those logged during the same period in the previous year, with one Dallas City Council district standing out.
According to the City of Dallas crime analytics dashboard, robberies increased by 2.4% across the city, ticking up from 210 to 215 year over year as of February 6. While the citywide bump has not been especially dramatic, Council Member Jaynie Schultz’s District 11 saw an enormous spike of 107.1%, with robbery reports jumping from 14 incidents to 29.
District 11 is located in northern Dallas between Campbell and Walnut Hill Roads. Council Member Schultz could not immediately be reached for comment.
As previously reported by The Dallas Express, only around 3,000 officers patrol Dallas’ streets, despite a City report advising that approximately 4,000 are necessary to properly maintain public safety.
City officials only budgeted around $654 million for the Dallas Police Department this fiscal year, opting to spend much less taxpayer money on public safety than other high-crime cities, like Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City. The Dallas City Council adopted the budget despite DPD’s officer shortage.
The impact of the police shortage has been felt in Downtown Dallas. The city center logs much higher rates of criminal activity than Fort Worth’s downtown area, which is reportedly patrolled by a dedicated neighborhood police unit that works alongside private security guards.
While District 11 clocked the most robberies so far this year, two other council districts surpassed 20 incidents: Council Member Omar Narvaez’s District 6, with 27, and Council Member Carolyn King Arnold’s District 4, with 21. Robberies decreased in District 6 compared to last year, but they spiked in District 4, with officials logging a 16.7% increase.
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.