Good News — Crime Hasn’t Been This Low in Dallas Since the 1960s!

We’ve got a lot of work to do to make Dallas a safer city, but I was really pleased by the report I received this week on crime reduction for 2008. Basically, Dallas’ crime rate is lower than it’s been since the 1960s, and the total NUMBER of murders — not just per capita — is also the lowest it’s been since that tie-dyed era.

15% Reduction in Murders

  • 170 murders is the lowest NUMBER of murders since 1967
  • Lowest per capita murder rate since 1966 (.136 per 1000 residents)

14% Reduction in Violent Crime

  • 7th consecutive year of violent crime reduction. We had 6356 FEWER violent crimes in 2008 than in 2001 (that’s a 36% reduction!)
  • Lowest per capita violent crime rate since 1976 (9.12 per 1000 residents)

10% Reduction in Total Crime

  • 5th straight year of total crime rate reduction. We had 27,586 fewer crimes in 2008 than in 2003
  • Lowest per capita crime rate since 1968! (69.6 per 1000 residents)