Dallas viewed as safest large U.S. city, Gallup poll finds
Dallas is considered the safest of 16 large U.S. cities in a new Gallup poll, which ranks Chicago and Detroit as the least safe.
Why it matters: Perception mostly mirrors reality in Dallas, where the mayor and police chief have been touting a drop in violent crime as an example of the success of the city's crime-reduction plan.
Details: The poll found that 74% of respondents viewed Dallas as safe, ranking it just ahead of Boston.
- That's an increase from 2006, when 69% of people polled by Gallup said they thought the city was safe. That was the last time the same cities were ranked.
The intrigue: The poll found strong partisan differences on safety perceptions, with Democrats much more likely to view a city as safe.
- For example, 64% of Democrat respondents view Los Angeles as safe compared with 21% of Republicans.
- Dallas was the only city to be viewed as safe by more Republicans than Democrats.
State of play: Police chief Eddie Garcia was tasked with reducing violent crime when he joined the department in 2021.
- His plan focuses largely on hot-spot policing, which increases patrols in high-crime areas.
Zoom in: Overall reported crime this year in Dallas is down almost 2% through July compared with the same period in 2022, per city data. Violent crimes, including aggravated assaults, are down almost 11%.
- Yes, but: Car thefts are up 34% this year. Many other cities have also had increasing numbers of car thefts.
What they're saying: "The way the crime-reduction strategy works is to reduce gun-related aggravated assaults, that's the number one tell of violence in the city," Garcia told CBS11.
The big picture: Violent crime is ticking down nationwide but remains slightly above pre-pandemic levels.
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