Dallas crime declines in February; shooting and theft drop

The number of crime incidents in Dallas saw an overall decline last month, for the second month in a row, according to data from SpotCrime, which collects data from police agencies and validated sources.

Incidents fell by about 16 percent, from 2,423 in January to 2,024 in February.

Shooting and theft incidents declined the most from the previous month. Shootings fell from 152 reported incidents in January to 116 in February. Theft incidents went from 266 to 236 for the month, or about an 11 percent decrease.

There was one reported arson last month, and 42 assault incidents. Arson incidents remained at about the same level as in the previous month, while assault reports decreased by 11 incidents.

Considering the concentration of crime across the city, Northeast Dallas, Preston Hollow and Southwest Dallas saw the largest decline from January to February.

Saturdays, Wednesdays and Sundays experienced the most reported crimes last month. The largest decrease from the previous month occurred on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Wednesdays, while incidents on Saturdays and Sundays went up. Comparing times of day, after midnight, late night and early morning saw the most crime last month on average each day.

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