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Crime Rates Drop in Carrollton
Posted Date: 3/28/2014 10:30 AM

A recent report of crime statistics shows the City of Carrollton and other North Texas suburbs have seen considerable decreases in crime over the past year.

The report, compiled by the Dallas Morning News, uses city-reported numbers and the 2013 North Central Texas Council of Governments population estimates.

Carrollton saw one of the more significant declines—a notable 18 percent—thanks to a drop in burglary and auto and property theft offenses.

“We formed an intelligence unit to help us identify areas needing attention, emphasized community engagement of officers, holding officers accountable for their time and moving sworn officers back into the field,” Police Chief Rex Redden said of the various strategies that have contributed to the decrease. “Officer visibility in the community is key to sending the message that this isn’t the place to come to commit a crime.”

The article in DMN outlines Dallas’ surrounding areas’ crime rates, and reports that save for Mesquite and McKinney, 10 of the biggest suburbs are reporting declining crime rates.

Since 2003, Carrollton’s crime rate has fallen from 36.59 to 2013’s 24.07. Just since 2012, the rate dropped 4.8 points. The biggest decline in the last 10 years has been between 2009 and 2010 with a more than 5-point decrease.

Mayor Matthew Marchant expressed his gratitude to the police department and their efforts in working to make the city safe. “Carrollton is one of the safest communities in Texas and we will continue to seek innovative ways to reduce crime.”

For more information on the Carrollton Police Department, visit cityofcarrollton.com/police.