A steady rise in slayings through mid-July has Dallas on track to surpass last year's total, with murder up about 15 percent so far, reports the Dallas Morning News. Through Monday, Dallas police had reported 84 murders, 11 more than the same period in 2012. The statistics show slight increases in rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults. There were 151 murders in all of 2012. That was a 14 percent increase over the prior year, but it still ranked among the lowest totals in decades.
Police Chief David Brown said most of the slayings involve criminals attacking other criminals. “The drug-related, criminal-on-criminal murder is the most significant thing happening with murders in Dallas,” Brown said. The chief said the murder rate per capita remains on pace to be among the lowest in the city's history. “I've always been very leery about looking at the simple year-to-year changes,” said Alex Piquero, a criminology professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. “There's going to be these erratic blips, but a one-year number doesn't make a huge change just yet.”