I've heard a lot of news articles proclaim that crime is down in Dallas compared to last year. Dallas had 11 less murders this year (183 in 2006 vs. 194 in 2005).
Yes, from a statistical standpoint, crime may be down in some areas. But in many areas, no one feels safer. Parts of Oak Cliff, South Dallas, and Pleasant Grove still feel as dangerous as ever. The bad guys aren't stupid. Criminals know that the police are undermanned, and they know that no one will expose their dirty deeds in the neighborhoods in which they operate.
The Dallas Police Department is doing the best that they can to reduce crime. But they don't always get the support that they need. Citizens must stand up. Stop protecting killers, drug dealers, and pedophiles in your neighborhoods.
It's going to take a united front on all sides to make all parts of Dallas a safer place to live.