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Dallas cops knock-and-talk to reduce crime

Going door-to-door and conducting brief, nonthreatening, face-to-face interactions are central tactics in Operation Heat Wave, a summer push to gather tips and reduce property crime

By Tom Benning
The Dallas Morning News

The relaxed atmosphere at the Wildflower Apartments disappears as Dallas police officers start knocking on doors one balmy summer evening.

Neighbors nervously peer out from behind modest but well-kept blinds at the aging complex off Park Lane. Men huddled around pickups hush their boisterous conversations.

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