Aggravated Assaults Surge in South Dallas

A man with a clenched fist | Image by Kamil Zajaczkowski/Shutterstock

City Council Member Adam Bazaldua’s District 7 had one of the steepest increases in assault offenses in February, hitting almost double digits year-over-year and logging the most incidents for that month in Dallas.

According to the City of Dallas Open Data crime analytics dashboard, District 7 — which is largely situated south of Interstate 30 and east of Interstate 45, encompassing neighborhoods such as South Dallas, Eastwood Hills, and White Rock Hills — saw an increase of 8.5% in assault offenses last month.

While Bazaldua’s district registered a couple of small dips in simple assault and intimidation incidents, a staggering 31.3% spike in aggravated assaults effectively made the district one of the most violent parts of the city.

In total, the Dallas Police Department (DPD) logged 267 assault offenses, significantly more than three-time Crime Boss winner Council Member Jesse Moreno’s District 2, where 211 reported assaults were committed in February.

Coming in behind Moreno in the number of assaults reported was Council Member Tennell Atkins, with 206. But while fewer people were assaulted in Atkins’ district, 12 individuals have been killed there, more than in any other city council district.

The only other council member to break 200 assaults in February was Council Member Carolyn King Arnold, whose district had 203 reports filed.

A request for comment was sent by The Dallas Express to Council Member Bazaldua’s office but no response was forthcoming by 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.

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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  1. P de

    We have to get tougher on crime. With crime increasing it’s clear the penalties for committing these crimes is not sufficient to deter people from doing it. People need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If crime still increases then Consequences need to be stiffer and longer.

    Pushes to defund the police and a soft on crime stance for years has put us where we are now. It’s up to us to dig ourselves out of this.

    • Kevin Felder

      Adam Bazaldua led the charge to Defund the Police! How stupid!

      • L.B.

        Do you actually know what that means? Look at the top story, City misused funds over 8 million!!!!! Exactly, why we need to defund everyone and hire real city planners that understand where money needs to go because we are going over budget and things are worse. Tear down the system and rebuild it where it works!!!! Why does Dallas keep doing things that don’t work as it is getting more dangerous????

  2. Wrath

    How many assaults were committed by juveniles or by gangs. Might explain your other article about the DISD superintendent discussing the spike in crime.

  3. John Gault

    Your lead photo for this story suggests that the perpetrators are white by using a photo of a white persons fist. Is this indeed the case that white people are committing these crimes?
    Aren’t crime statistics broken down by race? Therefore you should have used the appropriate image to represent the story.
    If whites are committing these crimes then let it be said. If they are not, then use the appropriate image to represent the issue.
    Would like to know if this newspaper does their own photos or do you purchase stock images for use in your stories.
    Im really starting to question your claims of practicing unbiased reporting.

    • Michael


  4. A Citizen

    Why would you chose to use a whte fist when we know that is not the case in south Dalas.

  5. Monte Mcdearmon

    Crime is up in south Dallas. no way Crime south Dallas nooooooooooooooooooooooo


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