Dallas is on pace to end the year with a 10 percent drop in crime, says the Dallas Morning News. Offcials credit the dramatic decrease to more officers are on the streets and better crime-fighting practices, officials say. “I think we’re in a place where the city is going to become safer,” said Police Chief David Kunkle. “You see an investment in neighborhoods and more community development. You see a commitment from council to fund extra officers. I’m very optimistic.”
Every category of crime – ranging from murder to theft – has fallen by a little or by a lot. The city has recorded more than 8,400 fewer offenses. Police admit that some of the crime decreases may be caused by changes in reporting practices designed to bring them in line with other major cities’. But many of those changes were reflected in last year’s numbers. Last fiscal year, the department added more than 200 officers to the force. The city now has nearly 3,400 police officers, about 500 more than in 2004. Dallas has had more reported crimes per capita than any other U.S. city with over 1 million people. “I have never liked that being the way we are measured, because I don’t think it’s fair or appropriate,” Kunkle said. But he said he believes that this might be the year Dallas abdicates the No. 1 spot. At the end of November, the city’s murder total, 149, was about 22 percent lower than at the same time last year.