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Violent Crime Spikes in District 7

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District 7 councilman Adam Bazaldua | Image by City of Dallas

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Earlier this month, The Dallas Express named District 2’s Jesse Moreno Crime Boss of the Month, a first for the city councilman who clocked a double-digit crime increase year-over-year for the month of October.

However, two-month back-to-back Crime Boss winner Gay Donnell Willis of District 13 and repeated runner-up Adam Bazaldua of District 7 also saw their districts swell the city’s reported crime numbers.

The two districts combined saw more than 1,200 crimes committed in October of this year, according to the crime dataset available on the City of Dallas Open Data website.

Willis’ recent Crime Score was largely driven by significant year-over-year increases in Motor Vehicle Thefts, jumping from 97 incidents in October 2021 to 151, a roughly 55% increase.

Furthermore, 186 thefts, 30 burglaries, and 21 assaults punched up Willis’ crime stats. However, the situation could actually be direr in District 13, as the Open Data crime dashboard shows that 75 assaults occurred in the district last month, more than 300% of the figure in the downloadable dataset.

In District 7, violent crime ticked up considerably year-over-year in October, with increases in the number of Homicides, Robberies, and Assaults.

Six people were killed in Bazaldua’s district, with three murders, one negligent manslaughter, and two reportedly justifiable homicides making the books, according to the Open Data crime dashboard.

The dashboard further shows 293 logged assaults, considerably more than the 84 registered in the downloadable dataset.

Next week’s Crime Boss installment will delve into some of the violence plaguing the neighborhoods in Bazaldua’s district. While he has yet to win Crime Boss of the Month, he has become a recurring runner-up for some months now as crime continues to blight his district.

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.

How did your area stack up on crime? Check out our interactive Crime Map to compare all Dallas City Council Districts. Curious how we got our numbers? Check out our methodology page here.

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