Dallas Seeks Injunction To Rid Apartments Of Crime

NORTH DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – When tenants drive into the Casa Verde Apartments in the 7200 block of Fair Oaks Drive in North Dallas, they’re greeted with boarded up windows and warning signs that instruct them to lock their cars and hide their belongings.

“It’s gotten worse in the last couple of months,” said tenant Adolf Jimenez. “For a while, they cleaned it up pretty good, but it seems like it’s coming back again.”

Former tenant Justin King and his mother left Casa Verde earlier this month, because they say they were tired of the crime. “They stole my car twice and they didn’t do anything in the office,” recalled King

The city of Dallas has taken notice and is now seeking an injunction against the landlord. The petition claims the owners of the complex have done nothing to curb a continual crime problem.

The complex, which was previously called Tres Arboles, was first identified by Dallas Police as part of the department’s SAFE program, which stands for Support Abatement Forfeiture and Enforcement.

“We realize that there are a number of offenses that stand out,” said Lt. Herbert Ashford of the Dallas Police Department. “We meet with that property owner and we talk about strategies on how we can improve this property,”

According to Lt. Ashford, police officers will work for several months with problem properties to make them safer, but sometimes the owners don’t cooperate. “We go the extra mile to try to get compliance with the property owner, but if they choose not to comply, the City Attorney’s Office can choose to take litigation against that property owner.”

In the case of Casa Verde, that’s exactly what the Dallas City Attorney’s Office did. But not before signing an agreement with the landlord in February, in which the owner agreed to screen tenants, install security lights and add security guards.

The City Attorney’s Office says crime, however, continued to be an issue and so it finally filed its petition asking the court to appoint a third-party management company to take over the property.

The petition cites crime statistics at the apartment complex from July of last year until June of this year by identifying 13 cases of drug possession, three aggravated assaults, one case of unlawfully carrying a weapon, one robbery and one murder.

During our investigation, CBS 11 approached a man who identified himself as the regional manager representing Casa Verde, but he declined to answer our questions and asked us to leave the property.

While the SAFE program targets apartments, businesses and single-family homes, the city of Dallas has a separate ordinance that targets only apartment complexes. If a property exceeds a certain crime threshold, the landlord must enroll in a “mandatory crime reduction program” or face being shut down.

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  1. JPG says:

    get rid of all the Illegals and the crime will stop.

    1. 2sister says:

      I don’t agree with illegal immigration, but all crime is not going to stop just because of a crack down on illegal immigration. Also, there are probably some illegal immigrants whose only crime is being here illegally. I again I don’t approve of them being here illegally, but you shouldn’t go around making generalized statements that imply that all crimes are committed by illegal aliens. Criminals come from all races, ethnic groups, and immigration statuses.

  2. GhettoPhobic says:

    Come to Forest at 635, Abrams at 635 and Greenville, Montfort at Alpha, Northwest Highway, SpringValley at I75, municipal center of Garland, any multi-criminal dwelling near a DART bus station and close down every apartment complex you can find. Dallas is one BIG GHETTO!!! Collin County takes preventative measures to keep the human garbage out! Why can’t Dallas do the same? Dallas County = crime, ugly run down neighborhoods, homeowners who don’t take care of their property, liberals supporting a “garden” of different peoples all living together in one crime infested village, wandering mindless beggars, drugs and prostitutes where ever and when ever some junky needs a date, Section 8 HUD Obamination “free money from Big Government” housing, dope needles and used condoms in every park, pit bulls, sex offenders in most of the ghetto apartments, people having sex in the park or in their car parked next to the park, and much more. The degenerates living in the hood have basically erected a wall against middle-class people relocating to DFW. They have also given greate reasons, for anyone who can afford to, to relocate to Plano, Allen, McKinney, or Frisco. This place sucks. Soon I will have enough money to buy a property in Collin County and, thanks to the liberals in the mortgage industry, will be purchasing high-quality for a low price. Up Yours Dallas.

    1. 2sister says:

      I don’t approve of most of what President Obama is doing, but Section 8 has been around for some time. It was not started by our current president. Our welfare system started before he was even born. I believe, for the most part, it started with Franklin D. Roosevelt and his ideas.

  3. noobamain2012 says:

    Dallas is the new Detroit. Why? Look at who is running it, corrupt low lifes that cannot manage money….

  4. Rick McDaniel says:

    Crime in apartments, exists because of who lives in those apartments, not because of the failure of a landlord to “police” the property.

    A landlord should not have to hire a private police force, to police their property, when all they do n their business is to rent living space.

    It is more correctly, the problem of the police department, to arrest those committing crimes there, who are usually residents of the complex, and stop allowing them to go free, after they commit their crimes.

    That’s kind of like allowing known gangs to continue to commit crimes, even when the cops know who they are, and what they do, just because they don’t have the legal “evidence” to convict them, given the shyster lawyers in courts.

    When the system becomes corrupt, then no one is safe, anywhere, and our legal system, is as corrupt as any in the world.

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