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District 13’s Crime Rose in Eight of the Last Nine Months

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City of Dallas District 13 councilwoman Gay Donnell Willis | Image by Gay Donnell Willis Facebook

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Gay Donnell Willis, City of Dallas District 13 councilwoman, was named The Dallas Express Crime Boss of the Month (CBOM) for September after the Crime Score in her district increased by 23.11% in August, the most of any district when compared to Crime Score statistics from August 2021.

Despite being mentioned numerous times in this feature and witnessing multiple Crime Score increases throughout 2022, Willis and D13 had never earned the dubious CBOM moniker until now.

Since last December, D13 has seen a reduction in its Crime Score just one time. In January of ’22, the district’s Crime Score decreased by 0.40% compared to crime stats in that month of ’21.

The other eight months of ’22 thus far have all seen Crime Score increases for Willis and D13.

The Crime Scores for D13 this year thus far are as follows.

  • December ’21: +9.69%
  • January ’22: -0.40%
  • February ’22: +12.20%
  • March ’22: +1.28%
  • April ’22: +14.24
  • May ’22: +15.39%
  • June ’22: + 38.91%
  • July ’22: + 7.73%
  • August ’22: +23.11%

On average, Willis and D13 have seen a Crime Score increase of 13.57% each month.

The Dallas Express has asked Willis for an interview several times this year to discuss crime issues in her district, but nothing has come of it. If she responds, the interview will be featured in a future installment of Crime Boss.

Crime reports in D13 increased in these crime categories:

  • Motor Vehicle Thefts: up from 106 in August 2021 to 150 in August 2022.
  • Larceny/Theft Offenses: up from 181 to 216.
  • Drug/Narcotic Violations: up from 14 to 30.
  • Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property: up from 25 to 39.
  • Hazardous Traffic Violations: up from 16 to 24.
  • Trespass of Real Property: up from one to nine.
  • Robbery: up from eight to 13.
  • Public Intoxication: up from five to 10.
  • Stolen Property Offenses: up from zero to four.
  • Fraud Offenses: up from seven to 10.

Following a crime summit she helped organize in August, Willis tweeted that crime in the City of Dallas is often “tied to” apartment buildings, passing the responsibility for crime reduction off onto those who run the properties.

She said she had partnered with multiple entities in the city to educate apartment owners and managers about “rules, rewards, and consequences” and encourage them to do their part to reduce crime on-site, tagging City of Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia, District 11 Councilwoman Jaynie Schultz, and District 12 Councilwoman Cara Mendelsohn.

The Dallas Express has asked Willis and her office if the crime summit brought any new ideas to the table regarding fighting crime in D13, but again, no responses were received.

The Dallas Express, The People’s Paper, believes that vital city information, such as crime rates and trends, should be easily accessible to you. According to data from the FBI’s UCR database, Dallas has more crime per capita than hotspots like Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and New York.

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.

Note: This article was updated on September 13, 2022, at 6:41 p.m. to account for additional data.

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Cynthia Dial
Cynthia Dial
22 days ago

I live in Delafield Villas @ 4101 Delafield Lane directly off Military Pkwy behind the football stadium . I have lived here for 1yr. I have new neighbors above me & they are the neighbors from HELL & it seems like drug trafficking i don’t know when these people sleep but , their up all day & mostly all night . I reprted & recorded what i could because my peace as well as others have been disturbed but, the receptionist told me a few days ago WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO when i called ??? I was told well everything you report is after office hours sooooo i called during office hours to see if someone could come while things were going on to witness & write these people up & i now feel after just resigning a lease in July 2022 i’m gona go crazy literally because it’s constant in & out slamming the door & playing music & making noise & people knocking at all times of the day & night . I went into the office & asked have management looked at all my emails & videoes & i was told management will call me that day & that never happened . I have to leave my apt to feel comfort & i wish sooooo badly that i could break my lease but , i’m on Sec8 sooooooo i will never get NO HELP BECAUSE NO ONE ON THIS PROPERTY CARES I’M SURE I’M JUST PORTRAYED AS A FUSSY OLD LADY but i deserve to not deal with fibding marijuana on my back porch or hearing people knocking ANYTIME OF THE DAY OR NIGHT WHAT CAN I DO I’M AT A LOSS to be stressed out another10 mo’s i just lost my son & i have been sooooooooo depressed here i can’t even grieve in my own place where i pay my rent on time & mostly before time & i am never late & i mind my business but , i report the neighbors upstairs all the time WHICH IS A WASTE !!! I deserve to have peace .

Kathryn McGuire-Garrett
Kathryn McGuire-Garrett
Reply to  Cynthia Dial
21 days ago

God bless you. I hope someone will listen & help.

S.T. Smith
S.T. Smith
Reply to  Cynthia Dial
21 days ago

I don’t know if you’ve already thought of this, but maybe try calling the local news from one of the local affiliates and report that office and receptionist to them.
Also, the police WOULD be interested in your story, especially with possibilities of drug trafficking.

22 days ago


Since I can’t reply directly to you, I don’t know if you know, but you’re in district 7, I believe, and that’s Adam Bazaldua’s district. He hasn’t help that district much at all. It’s a high crime area and crimes go constantly unreported to the public in this district. Personally, he’s simply not a good fit for this area. He’s not adding jobs, not doing his job to enforce the apartments to do better, not increasing the community involvement, and everything else. It seems like their only answer is gentrification because they’re tired of dealing with the crime problems. That’s not the answer, because simply put, that’s a form of hate. So push another race or class of people out because you don’t want to do your job?!?!! If you look around, you’ll see where he’s only improved the highly populated Hispanic areas and haven’t done anything to help the highly populated black areas. The police department constantly harass black people in those areas and don’t allow them to hangout and threaten to arrest them. But the Hispanics can move in those same areas and all of a sudden hangout in those very same spots, acting a damn fool, increasing crime rates. They’ll do nothing because the Hispanics benefit from their actions. That’s not what this district needs and that type of action, only creates more problem, as you can see. I really wish someone else would take his place, someone fair who protects all races and classes equally. I don’t know, but for me, he only seems to care about protecting hispanics, just like the new chief of police. Whom by the way, claims he has reduced crime, but there are crimes that have happened in this area and it’s has not been publicly reported. He’s just as corrupt if you ask me! But that’s another grief story. You should reach out to Adam and all district 7 consorts because that’s who handles your area. His email is Adam.Bazaldua@dallas.gov. I’m sure he’ll treat you just the same as everyone else has, but it’s worth a try. They always stress it’s important to vote, until we find out we voted for the wrong candidate. When in actuality, it’s important to attend the city council meetings and let your voice be heard. It’s also important to be a voice in your community and use media to expose and help those in your community who are not doing their job or those who are being affected. You can reach out to news teams, create social media pages, contact your local radio stations, etc. Obviously as citizens we have to do all the work now, while they benefit from it and get paid and take credit for it. Makes no sense, but hey….

Monte Mcdearmon
Monte Mcdearmon
21 days ago


Carter Allen
Carter Allen
21 days ago

It’s impossible to fight crime when law fights law. The only people law fights is good hard working family people. We wound better without law & order