Dallas cops: Crime down 48 percent since 2003

So far this year, crime in every major index the the city measures is down from the same period last year, except for one: residential burglaries are 0.3 percent higher (from 10,003 in 2010 to 10,029 this year), according to a report from police Chief David Brown to the city council’s public safety committee.

Overall, from 2003 to 2010, crime in Dallas has fallen 48 percent, Brown told the committee Monday.

The DMN reports that overall crimes measured fell from 50,730 last year to 48,533 during the same period this year, a drop of 4.3 percent.

Reported violent crimes include murder (down 4.9 percent), rape (down 16.3 percent), business and individual robberies (down 13.3 percent) and aggravated assault (down 5.9 percent.

Reported non-violent crimes also dropped: auto thefts dropped 9 percent, general thefts fell 3.9 percent, and burglaries fell 0.2 percent (even though residential burglaries increased slightly).

The police report that overall crimes have fallen from 93.28 per 1,000 residents in 2003 to 56.06 crimes per 1,000 residents last year, with violent crimes per 1,000 residents falling from 13.71 to 7.01 during the same period.


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