The Domain: How Austin’s newest hot spot is seeing an uptick in crime
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The Domain: How Austin’s newest hot spot is seeing an uptick in crime


((MUSIC))IT’S BEEN CALLED THE “SIXTH STREET IN SUBURBIA.” THE DOMAIN SHOPPING DISTRICT IN NORTH AUSTIN HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY POPULAR IN RECENT YEARS….EVEN MORE SO AFTER GROWING TO INCLUDE ENTERTAINMENT VENUES IN THE NORTHSIDE.BUT WE’VE DISCOVERED CRIME IS ALSO ON THE RISE THERE.VIEWERS REACHED OUT TO KXAN INVESTIGATOR BRITTANY GLAS – CONCERNED ABOUT THE POLICE PRESENCE IN THAT AREA. BRITTANY?THIS IS AUSTIN. THE CITY’S POLICE FORCE IS DIVIDED INTO FOUR APD REGIONS TO BEST RESPOND TO EMERGENCIES.REGION 1, 2, 3, AND 4… APD OFFICERS AT REGION 2 — AUSTIN’S NORTH SUBSTATION — ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR 87 SQUARE MILES.IT’S THE LARGEST GEOGRAPHIC COVERAGE AREA OF ALL THE DISTRICTS… IT COVERS EXPANSIVE NEIGHBORHOODS IN RURAL NORTHWEST AUSTIN ALONG FM 620… TO HIGH CRIMINAL ACTIVITY ALONG RUNDBERG LANE NEAR GEORGIAN ACRES.THEN, TO TOP IT OFF… THE GROWING DOMAIN SHOPPING AND ENTERTAINMENT DESTINATION, IS RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE…WE FOUND POLICE HERE ARE STRAPPED… …IN DESPERATE NEED OF MORE COVER THE EXPANDING DISTRICT AND MAINTAIN PUBLIC SAFETY ACROSS THE AREA. BRITTANY GLAS: THE DOMAIN OPENED IN 2007… THE FIRST PHASE OF THE PROJECT WAS MADE UP OF HIGH-END SHOPPING, OFFICE SPACES AND APARTMENTS. FAST FORWARD A DECADE… THE THIRD AND FINAL PHASE IS NOW COMPLETE. THE AREA HAS TRANSFORMED INTO A “MINI CITY” — COMPLETE WITH ITS OWN BAR– ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT — “ROCK ROSE AT DOMAIN NORTHSIDE.” GRANT POLLET, LIVES AND WORKS AT THE DOMAIN: 21;30;59 “YOU HAVE PEOPLE THAT, YOU KNOW, THEY’RE HAVING A NICE TIME. 21;31;01 SO, MAYBE PERHAPS, THEY LET THEIR GUARD DOWN A LITTLE BIT.” 21;31;03BRITTANY GLAS: GRANT POLLET LIVES AND WORKS AT THE DOMAIN AND THINKS THAT GROWTH HAS LED TO A RISE IN CRIME. GRANT POLLET: 21;29;50 “THERE’S BEEN SOME ROBBERIES ALONG THE UH, THE MAIN STRIP. 54 ON CENTURY OAKS.” 55 GRANT POLLET: 21;29;41 “THERE’S BEEN A COUPLE OF BREAK-INS IN THE AREA.” 43 BRITTANY GLAS: WHILE THE NUMBERS MIGHT NOT SEEM THAT HIGH, THEY áDO SHOW A TREND.BRITTANY GLAS: ASSAULT WITH INJURY NUMBERS HAVE DOUBLED IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS. FROM 10… TO 20.DRIVERS HIT MORE PEOPLE WALKING THROUGH THE DOMAIN IN 2016 COMPARED TO PREVIOUS YEARS.POLICE RESPONDED THREE TIMES… ONCE FOR A HIT-AND-RUN.POLICE RESPONDED THREE TIMES… ONCE FOR A HIT-AND-RUN.GRANT POLLET: 21;37;46 IS IT GONNA BE A CHILD NEXT? 47 / 48 IS SOMEONE GONNA GET KILLED? 49 BY BEING STRUCK BY A VEHICLE?” 51BRITTANY GLAS: THEN YOU ADD “ALCOHOL” TO THE MIX. BRITTANY GLAS: D-W-I’S INCREASED BY NEARLY FOUR TIMES FROM SIX IN 20-12 TO á21á LAST YEAR. PUBLIC INTOXICATION HAS NEARLY áDOUBLED SINCE THEN TOO… WITH 25 ARRESTS LAST YEAR. SGT. KEITH BAZZLE, APD: 00;39;11 “WHENEVER YOU GET MORE AND MORE PEOPLE COMING AROUND AND ALCOHOL’S INVOLVED, YOU’RE GONNA HAVE ISSUES.” 15 BRITTANY GLAS: AUSTIN POLICE SAY – EVEN THOUGH THIS IS PRIVATE PROPERTY – THEY STILL PATROL THE AREA.SGT. KEITH BAZZLE: 00;38;40ISH “OFFICERS GO OUT WHEN THEY HAVE FREE TIME TO JUST RIDE THROUGH TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING’S OK. 44 OR IF THERE’S A SPECIFIC ISSUE. 45 THEY’LL GO THROUGH AND THEY’LL FOCUS ON THAT SPECIFIC ISSUE.” BRITTANY GLAS: BUT POLICE SAY – THE DOMAIN’S BECOME A CHALLENGE FOR THE NORTH SUBSTATION… SGT. KEITH BAZZLE: 00;43;16 “DOES IT PULL AWAY FROM THE REGULAR PATROL FROM ALL (OVER)… YES. 19 UM IT DOES. BRITTANY GLAS: THE NUMBER OF TIMES POLICE RESPONDED TO THE DOMAIN ROSE FROM MORE TO THE DOMAIN ROSE FROM MORE THAN 29-HUNDRED IN 20-14… TO MORE THAN 35-HUNDRED LAST YEAR. THAT’S A 20 PERCENT INCREASE. BUT, IN THAT SAME TIME, THIS APD REGION’S POLICE FORCE WENT UP BY JUST ABOUT 8 PERCENTâ| NEVER TOPPING 250 OFFICERS. BRITTANY GLAS: MIKE LEVY WITH THE CITY’S PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION SAYS THE SOLUTION IS MORE POLICE – CITYWIDE.MIKE LEVY: 01;12;13 “THE DOMAIN IS SIMPLY SYMPTOMATIC OF A GREATER PROBLEM.” 17BRITTANY GLAS: LEVY WANTS THE CITY TO RECRUIT AND HIRE FOUR-HUNDRED MORE OFFICERS. MIKE LEVY: 01;20;43 “THE WAY TO DO IT IS TO SIMPLY SAY, ‘OKAY, WE’RE GONNA INCREASE THE AUTHORIZED STRENGTH OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT BY A HUNDRED OFFICERS OVER THE NEXT FOUR TO FIVE YEARS.” 54 GRANT POLLET: 21;40;04 “IF THERE’S NOT ATTENTION GIVEN TO THIS, 06, HOW WORSE CAN IT GET IN THE FUTURE?” 08ANOTHER THING TO CONSIDER? PRIVATE SECURITY. THE DOMAIN PROPER IS UNDER SIMON PROPERTIES MANAGEMENT. THE DOMAIN NORTHSIDE IS OWNED BY ENDEAVOR REAL ESTATE GROUP. BOTH COMPANIES HAVE PRIVATE SECURITY. BUT, THE THING YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER IS THAT THESE OFFICERS DON’T HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE ARRESTS AND THEY DON’T CARRY WEAPONS. THEY RELY ON APD ANY TIME A CRIME IS COMMITTED. WE REACHED OUT TO ENDEAVOR… WHICH SAYS IT “WILL CONTINUE TO PARTNER WITH THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPT. FOR COVERAGE AND ASSISTANCE TO ENSURE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR EVERYONE.”SIMON PROPERTIES SAYS “…WE HAVE ADJUSTED SECURITY MEASURES, AS NEEDED, AND MAINTAIN A CLOSE WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT, IN ORDER TO PRESERVE A SAFE, COMFORTABLE SHOPPING ENVIRONMENT.”APD SAYS IT WORKS WELL WITH BOTH COMPANIES TO KEEP THE AREA SAFE.FOR SAFETY REASONS, THEY WOULDN’T GO INTO DETAIL. BRITTANY GLAS: “AND KEEP IN MIND, A LOT OF THE PRIVATE SECURITY OFFICERS HERE ARE PRIVATE SECURITY OFFICERS HERE ARE ACTUALLY OFF-DUTY APD OFFICERS. BACK TO YOU.”THANKS, BRITTANY.REMEMBER……THIS STORY STARTED WITH A VIEWER WHO CONTACTED US WITH A CONCERN.IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING……YOU WANT OUR TEAM TO INVESTIGATE, EMAIL US

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