Public Safety News & Notes: Stats, Targeting High-Crime Areas and Finding Missing Persons

In a few minutes the council's Public Safety Committee will begin wrapping up 2010 with a few items of interest -- among them, the latest crime report you see at top that more or less speaks for itself.

Also on the agenda: the so-called 10-70-20 Crime Reduction Program, which refers to the 10 percent of citizens who "actively report crime occurring in their neighborhood"; the 70 percent who "tolerate crime in neighborhood due to the belief that the police are not going to do anything to reduce crime" and the 20 percent who "are committing crimes." The program's been around since '06 and targets what the Dallas PD identifies as "high-crime residential neighborhoods, multi‐family communities and businesses," from Cadillac Heights in the southeast to Webb Chapel and Lombardy in the northwest, and DPD says the program -- which relied heavily on CrimeWatch meetings and community surveys -- has resulted in double-digit decreases in crime. But the surveys will go adios, says the briefing, which also IDs upcoming areas targeted for 10-70-20: the "Spring Valley/Monfort Community" and "Fitzhugh/Ross."

DPD will also address today those Critical Missing Persons alerts, of which there have been quite a few of late. Says the briefing, well, see, Dallas isn't exactly endorsing EmFinders -- a kind of LoJack for people -- but it does seem to work. Right now, says the briefing, there's only one device in Dallas (as opposed to 20-25 in Frisco and Plano), but they've been testing 'em out at the DPD call center, and they seem to work: "In test runs," says the briefing, 911 operators had to stay on phone with a concerned party for "about 15 minutes," average for most calls anyhow.

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Robert Wilonsky
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