Areas to Avoid / Crime, Dallas
Dallas is ranked among the top three most dangerous cities in America, however, if you know where your going and stay away from rougher areas you should be fine.
North Dallas is one of the safer, more upscale areas of Dallas. Highland Park has great shopping, eating, and sightseeing. Have no worries here.
Deep Ellum - I have never had a problem here, however, watch out and be aware. Try to avoid going past the more populated areas and you should be fine.
Downtown - If you don't go downtown, you miss out on a lot of art and culture Dallas has to offer. Treat Dallas like any other big city, don't draw attention to yourself, know where you are going, and you'll be fine.
South Dallas and Fair Park - Definately would not advise a tourist to go after dark. If you are familliar with the region, be careful, if not, don't go.
Feel free to explore at night around deep ellum and greenville avenue during operating hours (until 2am). With this said, keep aware, if it is after hours, drive through Whataburger and go home, after hours clubs are not a must see. Be careful especially going to and from your vehicle. Parking lots are normally monitored but not after two am.
Don't listen to the blanket "stay out of east dallas/oak cliff/ south dallas" speal or you will miss most of what there is to see here and leave thinking that dallas is just starbucks in the pre-fab so-called "west village" and chain spaghetti restaurants in the "west end". The fact is that there are some areas that have bad reps among suburbanites who never go to Dallas, let alone live there, etc. that have interesting parts well worth checking out and that hold the character of the city, some areas that don't have bad reps that are at least as bad if not worse, and some pretty bad areas where you might not expect to find them. Note, there are organized tours of both East and South dallas, which are worthwhile if you are interested in the city.
1)Old East Dallas- Watch yourself in the Columbia to East Grand region, Fitzhugh around Live Oak and Ross, Live oak /Gaston south of Munger , the bottom end of greenville, and the area just north-east of downtown and south of Washington. That said some areas of East Dallas are nice and worth visiting. It is one of the more eclectic areas of Dallas and mostly the worst that you will contend with are potholes (there is a historical reason why the city won't spend anything on the streets there). You will go through this part of town if are visiting the Dallas Arboretum, Lakewood, or WhiteRock Lake or possibly lower greenville from central dallas, or any of the points of interest in East Dallas itself. East Dallas is a patchwork, so just be aware of what kind of neighborhood you are in. Some parts best not lingered in, especially at night.
2) The North side of Downtown is relatively tranquil. The south side of downtown is a bit edgier and crime is more present. Not a reason to avoid, as some things are there (farmers market, old city park, some interesting buildings, majestic theatre, etc), but be aware. Don't leave anything you like in your car. Don't avoid, but be aware.
7) South Dallas: Once again an older part of town with parts that are worth a look (I'll leave the guiding to the guide tips), but know where you are going and don't wander around aimlessly, because parts of the area are true crack house country. Probably has the worst reputation in the city, deservedly or not (and probably a perception contributed to by racism, as it is predominantly african american).
8) Lower Greenville area - North of Old East Dallas, prime dallas dining and nightlife- but there is sporadic crime in the area so keep an eye out and park sensibly. Note also that there is a local residents association for the residential neighborhood surrounding lower greeville that dislikes nightlife traffic. Particularly be warned that there is a certain character who takes pictures of those who urinate on lawns en route back to their cars and posts them on his web site.
9) Deep Ellum/Exposition - supposedly dallas' hippest nightlife/loft/arts district, but mostly commercialized/yuppified/popularized now. Go, have fun, but watch yourself, as it is also far from crime free. Best to park in a lot and definitely not to the south. You don't have to go too far south to find yourself in one of the worst parts of South Dallas. Leave with the crowd.
Avoid at all costs. Exists solely to keep the suburban hordes from overrunning dallas. dallasites (from in town) wouldn't be caught dead there. In fact, there isn't much reason to find yourself north of northwest highway (many would say mockingbird), as everthing beyond that point is pretty much just vapid featureless sprawl. A quick drive past the mansions along Preston in north dallas might be justifiable for a first time visitor who has never seen a mansion before, I suppose, but there is certainly no reason to go north of Forest (much less 635).
Note also that the Dallas PD posts their weekly crime briefing maps on their web site. It is very easy to see from these where the crime hot spots are. Just pull up the central division crimes map.
3) North East Dallas: Vickery meadows, around greenville north of Northwest Highway, is very sketchy, as is the general area around Skillman and 635 and Spring Valley between Coit , 635 and 75. If you are in North Dallas, better to stay west of 75. No reason to be over there in any case- mostly slummy suburbs. Best avoided
4) Parts of West Dallas are sketchy, especially around Singleton/Westmoreland (projects) and, in the north west, Web chapel north of Northwest Highway and the surrounding area. Once again, not much reason to go there. Best avoided.
5) The area along/just off to the west of Oak Lawn is deceptively crime prone. It is one of Dallas' neater, cooler and trendier neighborhoods, with some good restaurants, clubs etc. as well as being home to the center of the gay community, and it doesn't have a bad rep, but watch your back and your stuff along Lemon/Cedar Springs, etc. Enjoy, but be aware.
6) Oak Cliff has both some of Dallas' nicest and worst areas. It runs from dillapidated ghetto to festive ethnic high street to gorgeous limestone suburban houses, to trendy shopping/cafe district, and there are places worth going here. Once again, just be aware of where you are and use good judgement. Some parts best avoided and especially night.
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.
DONT TRAVEL TO SOUTH DALLAS, OR YOU MIGHT GET SHOT UP BY CRIPS AND BLOODS.BELIVE ME.. SOUTH DALLAS IS ALL GANGSTERS AND DRUG DEALERS SO WATCH FOR THEM TOO. THEY WILL PUT 5 CAPS IN YOUR ASS. AND WONT WONT GIVE A DAMM ABOUT IT. DONT EVEN DRIVE DOWN HERE OR YOUR CAR MIGHT BE CAR jacked too and it happens all the time down there.
?Be warned: Public Intoxication in Dallas!
The night before the Oklahoma vs Texas game (Friday Night) some friends and I were out at lower greenville in Dallas. We got there at like 10:30pm and by 11:00 pm the cops had charged us with P.I. (Public Intoxication). Why you ask? Well strangely enough my friend moved an orange cone (a so called police barracade). They (the DPD) began to pepper spray him and slam his face into the ground. I went over and asked for their badge numbers and I got arrested and fined for being a Pedestrian in the street. Then they charged me with P.I. I had 2 beers hardly enough to even blow a .04 which is half of the legal limit .08! The problem is when you are not driving there is not a breathalizer or even any sobriety tests that are administered. The whole thing is based on police discretion. So it is the cops word vs your word and guess who the judge will believe. Well I am going to fight it, hire a lawyer, contact the Newspapers, City Hall, Intenral Affairs, and any civil rights lawyer who wants to fight the unjust giant called called the Dallas Police Department.
UPDATE: The false case against me was dropped! The DPD is known to trump up false charges and if you get roughed up by these civil servants fight them in court!!!
This cowardly person created a new profile to leave a comment. Apparently they were affraid to use their real profile. Its a well known fact the DPD are corrupt and they abuse what tiny power they have. So this persons comment as shown below is foolishly ignorant. No doubt a guilty police officer with a guilty conscience for the false charges they trump up!!!
ftworthfox Thu Nov 17, 2005 15:42 CST
you might want to "higher" an English teacher rather than a lawyer of contacting "intenral" affairs. Sounds like just another snot nosed kid who couldn't hold his beer or his mouth and ran into a little Texas no BS police work.
I had to work a case once here as a private investigator. Believe me when I tell you....
JUST PLAIN DON'T. PERIOD. END OF DISCUSSION.
Avoid this area at all costs.
If you drive on Interstate 20 and you see a sign for "Camp Wisdom Road," you are there. Just keep driving.
Western Park in Southwest Oak Cliff is TRUELY the wrong side of the tracks. It is across some railroad tracks that rarely run, but is very loud. Every block has a gang, like the 4000 blocks for example. Their name is the 4000 Blokk O.Gs. It is the 2nd worst area in Dallas. It is predominantly Latino. Stay out of South Dallas, also. It is a predominantly African-American neighborhood, and is the worst place in Dallas. West Dallas, also, it is 3rd on the list. Highland Park isn't dangerous but, the police harass and use foul language towards minorities. A very racist area.
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 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.
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.
If you go to South Dallas and you stand out at all you might find yourself shot or carjacked or raped. Even the folks in South Dallas keep their eyes peeled because things go down so fast in S. Dallas. You have lots of gangs and lots of drugs there. West Dallas has some cool parts and good off the beaten track restaurants but again, it's a heavy crime area. If you look like you can't handle yourself in a fight etc, you might get taken and I have seen it happen right out on the street in the broad daylight.
Lastly, the Dallas Police Dept. Look people, Dallas is a deep southern city, this means just like New Orleans and other deep southern cities they do things a bit differently. They may take some freedoms with your so-called rights if you will. Yes sir and no sir are the only answers I would advise, any other answers may get you arrested for little or nothing or worse, have seen it happen. So know where you're at and mind the law.
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.