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D14’s Paul Ridley | Crime Boss Runner-Up

Crime, Crime Boss

Dallas Councilman Paul Ridley | Image by City of Dallas/Website

With the New Year in full swing, the City of Dallas’ crime data continues to trickle in, fleshing out the City’s crime analytics, and it appears that Councilman Paul Ridley’s District 14 was the third-most crime-ridden district in Dallas in November.

As previously reported in the Crime Boss series of The Dallas Express, the December Crime Boss of the Month, Jesse Moreno (D2), and City Councilman Omar Narváez (D6) clocked the most reported crimes in November, followed by Ridley, who saw 762 incidents committed in his district, according to the City of Dallas Open Data crime analytics dashboard.

Ridley, a previous runner-up for the Crime Boss title for October, is currently vice-chair of the city council’s Environment & Sustainability Committee and sits on a number of other committees, including Government Performance & Financial Management, Quality of Life, Arts, & Culture, and the floundering Housing & Homeless Solutions Committee.

District 14 covers a chunk of North Central Dallas, including Mockingbird Station, Old East Dallas, Lower Greenville, and most of the Vickery Place neighborhood. Vickery Place residents sounded the alarm earlier in the year about rising incidents of street harassment, suspected drug use, and vandalism, as previously reported in The Dallas Express.

While vandalism and destruction of property ticked down a little bit in the district, reported drug offenses are up 30% year-over-year for the month of November, just shy of Crime Boss Moreno’s 33% hike in District 2.

In line with the growing citywide trend of car-related crimes, 22% more auto burglaries were committed in Ridley’s district in November 2022 than in November 2021, with the City logging 194 incidents for District 14, more than any other city council district in Dallas.

In addition to the spike in auto burglaries, Ridley’s district also had nearly 19% more thefts of motor vehicle parts reported year-over-year in November.

Robberies in District 14 also spiked by nearly 75% since October, an alarming increase also seen in other districts, previously reported in The Dallas Express.

It is currently unclear whether the freshman city councilman plans on running for reelection, but with numbers like these, it looks like he could be vulnerable to a challenger who is actually committed to getting crime under control in the communities Ridley is neglecting to serve.

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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