Cedar Springs area drops out of top 10 crime hot spots, won’t be among 1st to get police cameras

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The Wycliff-Lemmon hot spot that encompasses Dallas’ gay entertainment district will get more surveillance cameras, bait cars and license plate readers, but not as soon as originally expected.

The Wycliff-Lemmon Target Area Action Grid, previously called the Cedar Springs-Wycliff TAAG and the Maple-Wycliff TAAG, ranks No. 11 for overall crime, according to numbers obtained by Instant Tea from Dallas police.  Therefore it will not have the new technology added by early summer, when the top 10 spots will be equipped.

The TAAG stretches from Maple Avenue to Lemmon Avenue and from Oak Lawn Avenue to Kings Road.

The technology is part of a new police initiative sought to fund additional cameras and bait cars for the city’s 27 hot spots.

Although the Wycliff-Lemmon hot spot ranked No. 7 for overall crime in 2012 in mid-April, the rankings combined last year’s totals with this year’s crimes through April, leading to it missing the No. 10 spot by 34 offenses.

Police want to increase the number of cameras by 300 in the hot spots, as well as add 28 bait cars and 28 license plate readers by the end of the year. So, while Wycliff-Lemmon won’t have added policing devices by the summer, it will be next in line when work on the other hot spots begins.

Below is a list of the top 10 hot spots that will receive the technology first.

1. Five Points
2. Ross-Bennett
3.WebbChapel-Timberline
4.SpringValley-Preston
5. Forest-Audelia
6. StAugustine-Bruton
7. CampWisdom-Chaucer
8. Greenville-LBJ
9. JohnWest-Buckner
10. LakeJune-Buckner

 

 

—  Dallasvoice