Bishop Arts District sees upswing in car break-ins

A few weeks ago, my friend who lives in Denver had the tailgate stolen off his truck in broad daylight in the Bishop Arts District. He was livid. And he texted me something like “keep it classy, Oak Cliff.” I gritted my teeth.

What are you gonna do? Such annoying thefts are expected in urban neighborhoods, but dang. Why does it have to be in our tourist district?

Evidently, car break-ins have been common there lately. Here’s an update from Tillman’s Roadhouse owner Sara Tillman, via the Bishop Arts District Merchants Association:

On Friday, my hostess was parked in the lot belonging to the funeral home, in the daytime, and her car was stolen.  She had left her backpack in view, probably why it was broken into.  They took the car and used her debit card within minutes.

On Sunday night, one of our customers driving a Hummer had his car broken into around 8 or 8:30 p.m.

Terry from Hattie’s told me one of their customers at lunch last week had his car broken into during lunchtime.  Had left his laptop and briefcase in seat.

Where ever you park, don’t leave stuff in your car.


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  • michelle

    yes…this is oak cliff.home of gangs,etc.its never going to change,no matter how artsy you try and cover it.the more the people with decent cars and decent buisnesses are here,the more you are giving them that ok to break in your car etc.they dont care.these people love stealing,crime,its a way of life to them.its not going to stop.they dont make those”i survived growing up in oak cliff”shirts for nothing!

  • A

    Hello people! It’s still Oak Cliff It’s still Dallas. Lock up and hide your stuff!

  • annette

    It’s a combo of the bad economy and all the publicity we have had recently. Criminals are attracted to anyplace they think they can score and get away with it.

  • Lisa

    My car was broken into a couple of weeks ago in Bishop Arts District– and I know of several other break-ins not mentioned here that have happened in the last few weeks.

    It’s time to get some bait cars out there and crack down. No doubt it is the same person(s) committing the crimes.

  • JasonM

    Yay for vibrant diversity!