Crime in Oak Cliff: is it really that horrible?

I’m sure you are now familiar with the recent news that Dallas is no longer the No. 1 most crime-infused city in the United States (that honor now belongs to our neighbor to the south, San Antonio). In response to that, I decided to do a little investigating into the crime rates in our neighborhood.

Part of the reason why Oak Cliff gets such a bad rap is because of how large the area is. Oak Cliff is at least three times as big as most other Dallas neighborhoods, thus providing a larger area to account for crimes. I decided to compare Oak Cliff crimes from the past two months to the prestigious M-Streets and Preston Hollow neighborhoods, just to see how the crime rates compare.

I used crimespot.com to pinpoint what crimes were happening and in which parts of town. I was surprised to find that Preston Hollow had only 32 fewer crimes than Oak Cliff within the past two months (Preston Hollow had 268, and Oak Cliff had 300). If we were to take a chunk out of Oak Cliff the size of Preston Hollow, there would be no way the crimes would total 282.  The M-Streets, which is about 1/8 the size of Oak Cliff, recorded 182 crimes, which were mostly robberies and burglaries.Ladies and gentlemen of Oak Cliff, it seems like you’re not so dangerous, after all.



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  • Major Taylor

    Wow Frank, what a narrow description of What Oak Cliff is.
    I live in Kiestwood which is considered an historic OC neighborhood by the ooccl.The OC county club is south of me by about 3 miles.
    Kiest Park is south of your boundary too.
    We are OC, you’re misguided at best.

  • jake

    Finally someone says it. Look up crime stats anywhere within the city limits of Dallas and the statistics will be similar. Oak Cliff is not any more dangerous than anywhere else.

  • Frank Ocean

    Once again, this brings up the old question: Which Oak Cliff are you talking about? Your post seems to be calling anything south of the river Oak Cliff, but in my mind, Oak Cliff is not really that big (I-30 to Illinois and I-35 to Westmoreland). Anything outside these boundaries is what I call the “counterfeit Oak Cliff.” And that’s not to say that these neighborhoods are somehow inferior to Oak Cliff, they’re not. They’re just not Oak Cliff. But this is a debate that Cliffies and Dallas citizens as a whole will be debating after I’m long gone.

    At any rate, keep up the good work.