Areas to Avoid / Crime, Dallas
I've heard visitors, from other cities, comment on how many meth motels we have along the highways. For this reason, it's probably best to stay away from the "cheap" motels you see, no matter how decent they might look during the day. I'm not sure it's as much dangerous as it is unpleasant. This even applies to some of the cheap motels in the suburbs that border Dallas.
Overall, our city is very clean and metropolitan, and there is a lot to do here. Some of our inner city areas look decent, compared to the older and bigger cities in America. Even some of our low income apartments look decent, especially in the bordering suburbs. Overall, I generally feel safe during the day. So the general rule of thumb is to gauge an area based on what you see at night. This is especially useful for those pockets that look particularly decent during the day, but come to life with elements of drugs and crime at night.
Inner city areas that have nothing to offer are Pleasant Grove, South Oak Cliff, and West Dallas. If you visit Fair Park, then try not to venture too far into South Dallas, especially at night. If you park on the gated Fair ground parking lots, you will be fine.
Don't be afraid to visit the many attractions Dallas has to offer, but just use your common sense, as you would in any other big city, especially at night. There is lots of fun to be had here.
It's almost impossible to tell when you've left the cozy confines of Dallas' city limits and ventured into the netherworld of jar headed thugs scrambling around in high powered Tahoes or Chargers looking to keep their respective municipalities in the black by taking as many motorists to the cleaners as possible. Dallas proper is home to the friendliest most unobtrusive, non obnoxious police forces I've ever encountered anywhere. Dallas is an extremely safe city, our per capita murder rate last year was the lowest since 1952, it's like Andy Griffith reruns here as far as the danger's you're likely to encounter. I've lived in south Dallas (Oak Cliff) North Dallas (Preston rd and Frankford) far east Dallas (Buckner & Garland Rd) and currently just east of downtown in Lower Greenville/Lakewood/M streets. You may be annoyed at all the yuppies invading our once quiet neighborhood due to the resurgence of lower Greenville as a hot spot for shopping, dining, craft beer drinking and cocktailery. ( I almost left out Brunch ) but they're not scary usually, just annoying, thanks Trader Joe's for being the yuppie bat signal to draw them out of uptown. East Dallas, fair park, and the Bishop Arts district in north Oak Cliff are the coolest parts of Dallas by far, despite the dire warnings of the previous poster. I don't know when she last got out of her car in any of the areas she listed as dangerous, but having lived for years in each of them and having had many female friends do the same uneventfully I don't know where she gets her information. Dallas is not a city that will put you on edge in any way, the people are friendly, even the pretentious ones, and sports some of the most polite homeless folks and gang members anywhere. If you're from the west coast get ready for a severe culture shock: it's not crowded here. The most awful things you're likely to encounter are groups of drunken SMU students who have yet to learn the art of being drunk without yelling. Now it is a city of a couple million, so don't get blind drunk and walk 50 blocks naked back to your car alone if you're a female, or a male in the gayborhood around Oak Lawn Ave, but other than that the cabs wont rip you off, your waitress or bartender will be nice and genuinely interested in you having a good time, so enjoy.
The suburbs however are another animal altogether. The police forces in these cities take their speed limits as seriously as if their paychecks depended on it, because they do. Dallas doesn't write speeding tickets except for the Dallas County Constables who for some reason only work I30 and I35 near downtown. The suburbs are also where you may encounter a less sophisticated species of gang banger, with no sense of irony or humor or fear of consequences. Pay attention while on 635, if you see these words turn around immediately but do so within the posted speed limit: Garland, Mesquite, Balch Springs, Plano, Farmers Branch, Carrolton, Rowlett, Coppell, Irving, Duncanville, Lewisville, The Colony, Flowermound, Euless, Hurst, Bedford, Arlington. Now if you're going to a Rangers or Cowboys game or flying out of D/FW some of these are unavoidable, in which case drive straight to your destination using GPS and do not park anywhere except the most heavily policed official looking lot you can find. All off freeway travel in these areas will mean you are in the worst sort of ghetto, one with all the joys of any ghetto but with a police force to worry about as well. My advice? Sell your tickets to the game and kick back at a bar on lower greenville and watch it there and enjoy the new friends you'll make.
Ive lived in Dallas my whole life, more than 30 years. There are areas I don't even want to drive around by myself like around metropolitan ave./ I30 munger area, park ln and Greenville, Bryan street, Ross ave, Gaston, Garland rd/E grand ave., Samual blvd, any part of Dallas near mesquite, and sorry to say but south dallas/Oak Cliff. I lived in an apt off of skillman and audelia...what a mistake! That was frightening. I had to phone 911 2 times while I lived there (6 months) The funny thing is most of these areas have something I love there and I will go in a group during the day. Dallas is huge, much of it is nice and some of it is even beautiful. Some of the most gorgeous neighborhoods are surrounded by the getto. Its strange. Im a small attractive woman and never have I been accosted or assaulted. Ive had plenty beggers, that's it. Some of these reviews make it seem so scary, its not! Its a normal place, I ve been around! Its just like any big city. There are areas to avoid for sure. North of downtown is best and even better is north east. But not south. By the bye, my grandfather was violently murdered in the 90's he lived in a crummy area near samual blvd. kind of near fair park. Its pretty bad over there too. Also had a friend raped around park ln east of Greenville ave. So, if youre moving here, look up the crime stats. Trulia has good one that helps when moving, it goes by zip. AND look at the place before you move. Go there and look at the cars, listen for loudness. Check out your neighbors. Go at night and day time. You can tell if its nice area or not, its not rocket science!
I'M GOING TO TELL IT ALL...READ AND PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO WHAT I AM TELLING YOU. BEWARE!!! BEWARE!!! BEWARE!!! I RECENTLY HAD TO RELOCATE BACK TO DALLAS FROM ANOTHER STATE, DUE TO A FAMILY EMERGENCY. I ALMOST MOVED UP TO THE FAR NORTH DALLAS AREA - FRISCO TO BE EXACT, BUT I MOVED TO DALLAS TO BE CLOSER TO A FEW PEOPLE THAT I KNOW. I SIGNED A 1 YEAR LEASE - I TRULY REGRET IT.
LET ME TELL YOU, I AM NOT USE TO LIVING LIKE THIS -- BELIEVE "ALL" THE BAD COMMENTS LISTED ABOVE, LIVING IN CERTAIN AREAS OF DALLAS IS ALL THAT AND MORE. I AM AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS AREA TO ANYONE. I HAVE ALWAYS LIVED THE SUBURBAN LIFE, THIS IS NOT FOR ME AND I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL MY LEASE EXPIRES, STILL HAVE 5 MORE MONTHS. I TRUST NO-ONE, BLACK OR WHITE. ***SEGREGATION AND RACISM IS VERY MUCH ALIVE!!!
I HAVE NOT EVEN BEEN IN TEXAS LONG, I DON'T KNOW MANY PEOPLE, I REFUSE TO ESTABLISH ANY TYPE OF RELATIONSHIP WITH NEIGHBORS AROUND HERE, AND FOR PEOPLE TO KNOCK ON MY DOOR ASKING IF THEY CAN TAKE OUT MY TRASH, ASKING ME FOR A RIDE, ASKING IF I SMOKE WEED, ASKING IF I HAVE A FEW DOLLARS FOR GAS IS SOME SCARY, HOOD *** -- MAKES ME FEEL AS IF THEY THINK I HAVE MONEY AND MAY TRY TO ROB AND/OR CAR JACK ME SOME DAY. I NOTICED A MAN STARRING AT ME EVERY MORNING, WHEN I'D LOOK TO LET HIM KNOW THAT I'M AWARE OF MY SURROUNDINGS, HE WOULD WAVE HIS HAND. CREEPS, FREAKS, DRUG ADDICTS, DRUG DEALERS, MURDERERS AND MORE, IF THIS IS A REFLECTION OF HELL, I WANT NO PARTS OF IT. I HATE GOING SHOPPING NOW, BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE PEOPLE STARE WHEN I CARRY BAGS IN MY APARTMENT.
I HAVE TO SAY THIS, WHERE I COME FROM, WE DON'T KNOCK ON OUR NEIGHBORS DOOR BEGGING, ESPECIALLY FOR MONEY. I AM SO TEMPTED TO BREAK MY LEASE, BUT I DON'T WANT TO HAVE A PROBLEM RENTING SOMEPLACE ELSE. THERE WAS A MURDER OVER HERE -- THE SURPRISING PART, I HEARD NO POLICE SIRENS. A RESIDENT TOLD ME ABOUT THE MURDER, IT'S LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF A HORROR MOVIE GONE BAD. WHEN A HORROR MOVIE GOES BAD, YOU KNOW YOU'RE IN THE PITS OF HELL. IF YOU WANT TO READ ABOUT SOME OF THE MADNESS AND VERIFY THE INFORMATION FOR YOURSELF GOOGLE DALLAS CRIME BLOG. I USE TO LIVE IN THE FAR NORTH DALLAS AREA -- ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO, I WILL TELL YOU, THINGS HAVE TRULY CHANGED. AS A MATTER OF FACT, GOOGLE FRISCO CRIME BLOG, MCKINNEY CRIME BLOG, PLANO CRIME BLOG, ALLEN CRIME BLOG, RICHARDSON CRIME BLOG -- WHATEVER CITY YOU PLAN TO VISIT OR LIVE IN, JUST GOOGLE THAT CITY'S NAME AND ADD THE WORDS CRIME BLOG, READ, EDUCATE AND PREPARE YOURSELF.
MY WARNING TO ALL PEOPLE, BLACK, ASIAN, HISPANIC, INDIAN, ETC...DO NOT MOVE TO THE GHETTOS OF DALLAS, YOU WILL COME OUT BETTER PAYING A FEW EXTRA DOLLARS PER MONTH IN RENT BY MOVING NORTH. IF WHAT I'M ABOUT TO TELL YOU WON'T DETER YOU, THEN I DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL. GO ONLINE AND READ THE DEANNA COOK STORY, LISTEN TO HER 911 CALL. DEANNA COOK IS A TEXAS WOMAN WHOM WAS FOUND DEAD 2 DAYS AFTER HER 911 CALL. THIS WILL GIVE YOU A GLIMPSE INTO THE 911 SYSTEM IN THE GHETTO'S OF DALLAS. THAT WOMAN WAS IN THE PROCESS OF BEING MURDERED AS SHE CALLED 911, THE POLICE TOOK 50 MINUTES TO GET TO HER HOUSE AND BEFORE THEY WENT TO HER HOUSE, THEY STOPPED AT A 7-11 FOR SOMETHING TO DRINK. I HOPE YOU PAID ATTENTION TO WHAT I SAID, DEANNA WAS FOUND DEAD 2 DAYS AFTER THAT 911 CALL. NOW WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU?
DON'T GET ME WRONG, CRIME IS EVERYWHERE EVEN IN THE MORE AFFLUENT AREAS. I WORKED FOR A VERY PRESTIGIOUS FIRM THAT DEALT WITH MILLIONAIRE AND BILLIONAIRE CLIENTS AND BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY EVEN THE UBER RICH EXPERIENCE VIOLENT CRIMES; BUT AREAS SUCH AS THE ONE I CURRENTLY LIVE IN, TEND TO HAVE A HIGHER RATE OF VIOLENT CRIMES. THESE AREAS ARE CONCENTRATED WITH DRUGS, AND A MENTALITY THAT BREEDS DEATH AND DESTRUCTION.
I WENT TO THE ER A FEW NIGHTS AGO, METHODIST HOSPITAL, IT WAS CRAZY IN THERE, A FIGHT ALMOST BROKE OUT AND POLICE DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. I HAD BEEN THERE FOR TWO HOURS AND NOT ONE PERSON HAD BEEN CALLED INTO A ROOM. I ENDED UP LEAVING; HOWEVER, AS I WAS WALKING BACK TO MY CAR, A TOW TRUCK WAS TOWING A CAR AWAY, THE CAR HAD BLOOD ON THE DRIVER SIDE OF THE DOOR AND DALLAS POLICE WAS STANDING RIGHT THERE, AMBULANCE AFTER AMBULANCE WAS ARRIVING TO THAT HOSPITAL, CRIME IS HORRIFIC IN DALLAS. ALL I CAN SAY IS BEWARE, BEWARE, BEWARE. IT'S TRUE WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT DOWNTOWN DALLAS AFTER DARK, IT BECOMES A VERY DANGEROUS PLACE TO BE.
I have lived in Dallas for over 40 years. Here is what I suggest for visitors. When in doubt, as a rule of thumb, try ur best not to venture out to any areas west, south, or southeast of Downtown Dallas, ( the area between Interstate 35 E, Interstate 30/ Highway 67, and Interstate 20) unless u have a specific reason to or are going with a group. I suggest completely avoiding these areas after dark. Take caution in Downtown after dark, especially on weekends. I also recommend avoiding if possible riding buses and trains after around 9-10 pm and before 6am. If u stay north, northwest, or northeast of downtown or in any of Dallas's suburbs, u'll be well off and should then just take the usual precautions. Its a shame that this is so segregated. Otherwise the city is safe for the most part. Just use common sense.
I am a home owner in N. oak cliff. A huge advocate for the area and the businesses. I was violently attacked at the texas theater May 2012 in the theater. Was a supporter and frequently visited.. on this occasion watching the Avengers was pulled out of my seat to my knees and given an indian burn on my arms by a fellow patron who said I was talking.This was done with no warning. I am a 110lb woman with the attacker being a large male. No one mentioned they were disturbed and I am very conscientious of my actions and certainly didn't mean to be disruptive in any way if in fact I was disturbing someone. No on said anything before I was attacked. Reporting to the management I was told this was my problem and not their concern. I will certainly NEVER go back again and feel obligated to tell everyone of the potential danger of this place. I am a highly esteemed and good citizen of Dallas. I warn you to be extremely careful in venturing into this establishment as your safety is apparently, disrespected, disregarded, and it caters to a lower element of society.
The best thing is don`t make eye contact with anyone in public, don`t go out after dark, don`t answer your door, lock your car when driving, have pistol and two clips at the ready but the biggest dangers are the people running red lights so look both ways before crossing. Best off in between the tollway, 635 and central to downtown. Park cities if you`re lucky but don`t cross central at night.
There are a lot of very bad areas in Dallas, but any major city has a few so most people know what to look for, observe your surroundings and think rationally, if it looks bad then dont go walking around. Im a white male living in a north suburb of Dallas, I've been everywhere in Dallas, my drug addiction to coce led me to bad areas, i then got on heroin and that led me to even worse areas, places you dont ever want to see. Nothing ever happened to me but thats probably cause it looked like i was jonesing when i was in these areas. My relative was murdered in a suburb of Dallas thats not in a bad area, thugs decided to go there to rob, so you see the moral to this?? It happens anywhere!!!
So I gather by reading the places to avoid in Dallas, TX I should stay in my car & don't stop, don't get out, drive as fast as I can thorugh Dallas. If you believed all this crap no one would ever leave their house or apartment. There are so many beautiful areas of Dallas & I think most are peaceful and quaint. The cops need to be more concerned about the safety of the citizens than about the next Police Women of Dallas episode. Prevention is the answer and I am one citizen of Dallas who practices what I preach.
If I could give anyone moving to Dallas a tip, just don't live in an apartment. This is an extremely dangerous city and apartments are the most dangerous part, especially at night. Also don't joke yourself into thinking your in a good area, apartments are like little islands of hell and as soon as you step onto that property, the demographics drastically change. If you wan't the urban experience, move to New York, Dallas is just not the city for that, you will be around lots of crime and thug lowlifes, trust me on this move to the suburbs.
in my mind the most dangerous area to go to in all of dallas in the hood at the north east corner of hampton and singleton in west dallas. That place has hookers walking up and down the streets and people selling heroin on the street corner.
Living in dallas can be dangerous= TRUE
you will most likely endure some kind of theft of property=TRUE
when you drive through oak cliff and everyone has bars on their windows...
that means its probably not safe=True
get your CDL if you live here. Dont make yourself an easy target.
Amount of personal property theft while living in dallas for 2 years.
2 bicycles off the patio cabled up with 2 heavy cables
1 2006 Suzuki motorcycle stolen off mockingbird lane
18 door dings
50 bums asking for money
No violent activity to date.
It's interesting that people are describing others as racist for pointing out the bad parts of town. No, we're not racist, the bad parts are the bad parts I don't care what race the people are that occupy them. I drive all over the Dallas area and I know where the bad areas are. Most people have pointed out Oak Cliff, South Dallas and North Dallas around Skillman and I-635. For the most part this is correct. Anywhere that you see a lot of working class apartments in big D are places to avoid. It's unfortunate and it wasn't always this way, but many of those are now section 8 properties. I wouldn't recommend walking around most parts of the city because you could be in a good area and run into the ghetto in a short time.
Oak Cliff has some really cool stuff, interesting historic architecture and some great restaurants. The area to go to is called the Bishop Arts District and the immediately surrounding area. That is a good area, but I would not walk around much outside of that area, especially alone. The rest of Oak Cliff is hit or miss. There are some good neighborhoods in the north around Stephens Park. Once you get deep in the neighborhoods there is nothing to see outside of the historic areas. East of I-35 should be avoided. That is also where the Dallas Zoo is located. If you're going to the zoo, go there by car and do not walk around the neighborhoods surrounding it.
Oak Lawn: This area is recently gentrified and is known for gay bars, shopping and restaurants. The area where the bars are is safe to walk around. Do not venture into the surrounding neighborhoods on foot, however. There is a reason that the high end houses have large fences and gates surrounding them. If you go, make sure to park in a well lit area close to where you are going to be. Like most of Dallas, you will see bums, prostitutes and druggies at some point. This area is known to have drugs, so keep that in mind if you plan to walk around.
Fair Park: The Fair Park complex itself is okay and there are some things to see year round. It is also kid friendly with the Science Place and an aquarium. You can park on the property, but sometimes it's pay only, which is worth every penny. Do not venture into the surrounding neighborhoods on foot. Directly across from Fair Park on the North side is a small section of bars and restaurants which is safe. This includes the area where New Amsterdam bar is but it is only about a one block area. I recommend going to this area for night life since it is really laid back. By car directly north of this area is Deep Ellum. This is a cool, historic area with some bohemian type bars and restaurants, tattoo parlors and the like. It was very scary for the last three years or so until last year. This area is now pretty safe, but I would only advise going by car, parking near where you're going to be and leaving by car. During the day it is okay to walk around the populated areas, but not by night since the ghettos are within walking distance. The area where Trees is located is okay to walk around at night, but only where you see other people around. Steer clear of alleyways and watch for people approaching you that you do not know.
From Fair Park directly South, East and West are areas to avoid. You can drive around during the day to look at architecture, but I would not walk. Dallas has beautiful art deco buildings, but unfortunately, most are in bad areas.
Lower Greenville Avenue/Lowest Greenville Avenue: Lower Greenville directly south of Mockingbird has some nice areas, cool houses and restaurants/bars. This is a short drive from Deep Ellum. It's okay to walk around during the day, but even though the houses are big and nice, I do not recommend it at night unless you know your way around. There have been a lot of robberies at gunpoint in recent years. Lowest Greenville is best to be avoided these days. It has been taken over by gang bangers. It used to be the place to be, but no more. During the day is fine (and there are some good restaurants), but not after dark. This includes all of the area directly surrounding Taco Cabana. Very close to the West of this is the Knox/Henderson area. Henderson Street turns into Knox when you cross I-75. Walking around near the bars/restaurants is fine during the day and walking around Knox Street is fine even at night. Henderson bars should be driven to and walking only around the populated areas at night. This is a cool area, but there are a lot of ghetto apartments on the south side.
There really isn't much reason for going to North Dallas except for the Galleria mall. If you go there, you should go by car and not walk around the surrounding area. Also note that Dart buses run through the Dallas area, so you can ride on those, but they do not run very late at night. If you get caught somewhere late, there are a lot of cab companies in Dallas.
Old East Dallas: The Lakewood area has some bohemian bars and restaurants and beautiful architecture. I would avoid walking the neighborhoods at night, but during the day it isn't that bad. The bottom line is not to do much walking around unless it's an area where you see a lot of other people. You can also find yourself in a bad neighborhood quickly at any point.
Other areas of interest: Downtown Grapevine and Southlake are safe at all hours and have good shopping and restaurants. Grapevine has some good architecture. These towns are near DFW airport. Plano and Mckinney to the North of Dallas are also safe. East Plano has some bad areas, but not terrible. Arlington (where Cowboy stadium, 6 Flags and Texas Rangers ballpark is located) is similar to Dallas. There are a lot of bad areas and it is best to get around by car. Waxahachie, which is 30 minutes South of Dallas has beautiful Victorian homes and an old downtown. It is safe to walk around as long as you avoid Martin Luther King Junior Blvd.
Dallas is a high crime city, this much is true. I'm a white female and I've lived here almost all my life, born in Arlington, lived in most of the bad neighborhoods listed here. I can't see what you'd want with some of them, but if you're just driving through you'd be safe anyway. The ones in the north and northeast are just boring, nothing to see. But South Dallas, both West and East has some stuff worth looking at if you're intrepid. And if you're brave enough to get around a city like Detroit or St. Louis in the bad parts then Dallas is no worse than anything there. Most people who live there are from there or know people from there. Most new people move into the North but don't think that means the North doesn't get some real crime. In my experience one of the most dangerous areas is Park Lane, despite the scary look of Oak Cliff in areas, or especially down Cockerel Hill towards Jefferson. The main thing about those areas though is what are you going there for? That's what you need to know because I wouldn't recommend milling around lost anywhere in this city really.
Deep Ellum is pretty much safe now, downtown, uptown is cozy, and I've stumbled around drunk in alleys in Fair Park with nothing but a discussion with a bum to show for it. Highland Park is super safe (if you are white) but I don't recommend being non-white there unless you're East Asian maybe.
The only time I was ever a victim of crime was in an apt in the Skillman/Audelia area on Royal Lane in Northeast Dallas. Some crackhead crawled into my window bedroom intruder style and didn't guess that I might have company. Truth be told I think he just meant to steal some stuff, but whatever. I felt more danger living there than the West Dallas area. Some friends used to throw amazing parties in these warehouses in south Dallas around 20. The worst thing that ever happened was some drug addicted lady begging for money for electricity in her apt.
Whoever said a lot of the gang activity is actually in Arlington was right, although that's not saying there's no gangs or anything in Dallas. The thing is they're all over the city really, even up the tollway around Marsh. Arlington is clotted with tourist stuff and there aren't really "bad parts" in the coherent sense because there aren't really established neighborhoods. Just use your judgement when you look around. South of the Trinity a lot of the old buildings have not been torn down and you can see some of Dallas's age showing, which is cool. I live close to there and go out to take pictures some times. Yeah there are some areas it's better to have a guy with you, but there's just some really unique things to see that are a part of Dallas history. Oakland cemetery for instance is in a bad area, but it's worth seeing some time.
Anyway, recognize that you could be a victim of crime and make sure you have a plan, have a place to go, have a reason and way to get there and back... and that will make a big difference. If you look like a target you'll probably end up a target.
Now get out there and enjoy the city. Follow the streetlights, if there's plenty of lights and plenty of people you're probably in a safe area :)
res97 I feel bad for you. I live in South Oak Cliff, which is more than 5 or 6 miles from the Bishop Arts District. My neighborhood is considered much worse off than your area and I have not been robbed or beaten by any gang. The Bishop Arts District is costly and most meals are considered expensive. Not far from the rich white area of Kessler Park. Of course, you most likely live my direction going South. As you stated only 5 to 6 miles. res97 you need to move. You must be perceived as being weak or of small stature. Drugs are sold all over Dallas. Most gangs are located in Northwest Dallas, Arlington, and Fort Worth. Why are you still a victim? Also, Western Park dangerous? Man are you kidding? Park Lane at Greenville is higher in crime than Western Park with the Southwest Dallas Police Patrol Station sitting there. Outsiders beware of area that look like you should be cautious at when in Dallas. Crime is rampant in apartments all over Dallas. These same folks talking about South Dallas fail to mention that Fair Park is located in South Dallas. Over six million visitors a year go to Fair Park. Thanks for your time and be safe.