An 18-year-old boy who spends his days breaking into cars is just the sort of person Dallas police want to get off the streets with a new initiative, says the Dallas Morning News. The justice system often releases property crime offenders almost as soon as police arrest them. Now, a task force of dozens of officers will swarm areas where there’s a lot of property crime to try to catch burglars in the act.
Dallas property crime, which accounts for about 85 percent of all crime, is down about 7 percent so far this year. The department doesn’t want to lose ground during the upcoming holiday season. The initiative – dubbed Operation Impact – is slated to run for the rest of the year and involves about 100 officers. It includes about 60 patrol officers as well as detectives from the gang, narcotics, and fugitive units.