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Digging into District 11’s Crime Hotspots

Crime, Crime Boss

City Councilmember Jaynie Schultz | Image by City of Dallas

Parts of City Councilmember Jaynie Schultz’s District 11 were hotbeds of criminal activity in December, with many of the reported violent crimes concentrated in certain areas.

As previously reported in The Dallas Express, Schultz became Crime Boss of the Month for the third time after her Crime Score for December 2022 jumped by 18.16% compared to the same month last year.

District 11 occupies one of the northernmost swaths of Dallas, encompassing much of the territory between Highway 75 and the Dallas North Tollway north of Walnut Hill Lane and south of Arapaho Road.

According to the City of Dallas Open Data crime analytics dashboard, many of the December crimes in Schultz’s district were densely clustered along the Highway 75 corridor and the residential neighborhoods just northeast of the Galleria Mall. These areas have a high concentration of apartment complexes.

An analysis of the downloadable data set made available by City of Dallas Open Data conducted by The Dallas Express on January 9 found that 31.7% of reported crime in District 11 is committed at apartment complexes and in their respective parking lots.

Assaults, of which the City logged a total of 109 last month, mapped closely to the district’s crime hotspots, as did the murder of 44-year-old Kurt Jackson, which took place on December 17 at an apartment complex on the 10000 block of Steppington Drive, just west of Highway 75.

Police found Jackson around 11:30 p.m. with multiple gunshot wounds. He died at the scene.

Most of the district’s December robberies were also committed in Schultz’s crime zones.

The Dallas Police Department (DPD) told The Dallas Express about some of the unpublicized robbery incidents in District 11, which spiked by an alarming 133% compared to December 2021.

At approximately 3 p.m. on December 4, police responded to a call at the Sephora store in the Preston Royal Village shopping center. An unknown suspect had successfully stolen bottles of perfume a couple of hours earlier and assaulted an individual as they made their escape.

Two weeks later, on December 18, a woman was walking in the parking lot outside of Macy’s at the Galleria around 9:30 a.m. when a male suspect approached. He reportedly pointed a gun at her and demanded that she hand over her purse. The woman complied and was left unharmed.

Another woman was robbed at gunpoint later in the month, this time outside an apartment complex on the 14300 block of Noel Road. At around 9 p.m. on December 27, an unknown male suspect approached the woman and pointed a firearm at her, taking her bag before fleeing the scene.

Earlier this week, a spokesperson for Councilmember Schultz confirmed to The Dallas Express that she plans on running for re-election in May.

It remains to be seen whether her district’s crime problem will leave her vulnerable to a challenger willing to prioritize reducing crime in North Dallas.

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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Jack Hayes
Jack Hayes
17 days ago

While I support efforts to reduce crime in Dallas, including your efforts to increase awareness, I don’t understand what spotlighting individual council members accomplishes. I know that Jaynie is NOT soft on crime and supports the DPD. She and other council members have to deal with the composition of the districts they represent. I suppose they could lobby the DPD to devote more resources to their districts, but the totality of DPD’s resources is a zero-sum game.

Janet
Janet
Reply to  Jack Hayes
17 days ago

I agree. “A challenger willing to prioritize reducing crime in North Dallas”. Really? So are they saying this Council member doesn’t? I am sure any challenger would SAY they are prioritizing reducing crime. We hear that everyday. And by the DE standards, the challenger would be criticized as being “soft on crime” within a month because crime didn’t disappear. It’s like the weather. Meteorologist have the tools to make a reasonable prediction of what it might be, but they can’t control it. I am sure our leaders are doing all they can with the resources they have regardless of who holds the office.

Joe
Joe
Reply to  Janet
15 days ago

I like the data breakdown by district, it helps me understand what is happening in the neighborhoods surrounding me. Elected officials need to prioritize crime in their district, so calling them out by name helps to emphasize that.
And yes, any challenger in the upcoming elections would be wise to emphasize crime, especially in the two northernmost districts, where the rate of crime has increased dramatically.

Sfweiss62
Sfweiss62
17 days ago

Where’s the interactive map you mention? I see a chart summary of each district but nothing interactive about it. How about a real interactive map showing locations and types of crime? That data would be more useful!

Marvin Perez
Marvin Perez
16 days ago

I am sorry I do not think Ms. Schultz is doing enough and neither are any of the other Council Members. For example, it is time to Stop the approval of new Apartment complexes, we need the approval of fee simple housing, condos, etc.

What is she and the other Council Members also doing about the vagabonds and addicts on the street corners. It is time for her and council members to focus 100% on these issues.

When is the safety of our community going to take priority?