DPD Assistant Chief: Homicides Are Way Down For the Year, But Burglaries Still a Problem

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Dallas Police Chief David Brown sent a sub to address the city council's Public Safety Committee this morning: Assistant Chief Charles Cato, who explained the crime-stat summary you see above. Said Cato: Crime's down 4 percent overall citywide, but when pressed by council member Delia Jasso later, he predicted that by year's end we'll see a total drop of 2 percent.

Cato pointed to the violent-crime numbers especially, claiming "a tremendous success" on that front -- especially since last year there were 148 homicides citywide. "It's important, because 110 people have lost their lives," he told the council, "but the last four years we've seen our homicide rate drop significantly."

Burglaries of residences and businesses are still an issue, though -- and have been since a spike in May, which prompted the door-to-door'ing Operation Heatwave. Cato also noted that Chief Brown's controversial plan to put detectives back on the patrol is still in place, with a third round forthcoming.

There's also been a spike in recent months of car thefts, Cato explained; hence a recent redeployment of bait cars.

Said Cato, one problem is that the DPD isn't getting much help from Regular Citizens: There are only 500 Crime Watch-ers "in a city of over a million people. We need to encourage people to increase the pool," he said, "to be our eyes and ears." Chair Pauline Medrano said this actually came up at the council retreat last week; the way the council see it, each member needs to "help start eight or more Crime Watches in our [respective] districts."

There were also a few questions about plans to install surveillance cameras in the top 10 crime hotspots; a briefing on that subject's forthcoming, said Assistant City Manager A.C. Gonzalez. Cato said, though, they're still trying to figure out how to proceed: "We're looking at different models," he said -- chiefly, "how mobile they can be." Carolyn Davis then wrapped up this particular discussion by asking the chief to market the DPD "to the hip-hop audience."
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Guest
Guest

"market the DPD to the hip-hop audience?????"  Um...did she mean "step up public outreach to at risk youth" - that kind of thing? I think I know what she meant, but Ms. Medrano's comments sound somewhat provincial...

Paul
Paul

So what about the crime rates ... what about the clearance rates?

Sir Vesa
Sir Vesa

How are rapes doing?  Wasnt that Chief Browns #1 concern.  I guess women are heeding his advice of not wearing short skirts and not going home with strangers.  Wonder how prostitution numbers are doing?  With unemployment so high I would assume more women are hitting the pole or hitting the corner

lorlee
lorlee

I can crime watch all I want --- but when the kid on my block has committed approximately 8 burglaries and he is still on the street, what is the point.  (The evidence is relatively damning -- seen at the houses at the time of the offense, pawns in his own name, etc. etc.)   He is a one person crime wave.  

Fletch
Fletch

Sad but true.  Having citizens that go out of their way to report suspicious goings-on is of little use if the police won't take the next step and do something about it.

Mfrhoa
Mfrhoa

It is not so much the police, it is the DA's office and the Judges that either do not prosecute the crimes or just throw them out. Our neighborhood has a very active crime watch and time and time again, cases are dismissed either because the DA does not deem it important or they do not file charges in time. The judges either just dismiss or do not even bother to sign the warrents. We had a know drug dealer/male prostitute with 11 outstanding citations. He threatened to shoot a citizen in the head, but was only issued a ticket. When he did go to court, explained he was homeless and all 11 outstanding warrents were dismissed for "time served". The efforts of the police and neighbors are minimized by the ineffective court system

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