Dallas has shed its title as the U.S. city of more than 1 million with the highest crime rate. The Dallas Morning News reports that the city is poised to announce that the No. 1 rank, which Dallas held for at least 10 years, now goes to San Antonio. Based on an analysis of population growth and crime numbers from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Dallas will drop to the No. 2 spot, and Houston will rank third. “We’re clearly headed in the right direction,” said Mayor Tom Leppert.
Last year, every category of crime – ranging from murder to theft – fell in Dallas. The city recorded more than 10,000 fewer offenses. Crime continues to fall. It is down 17.5 percent through April. Experts say that using the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports to make comparisons among cities is misleading. The FBI strongly discourages the use of its national crime data for ranking purposes, in part because the way data is gathered can vary greatly from city to city, depending on the interpretation of the reporting guidelines. “They are called uniform crime reporting, but they’re not all uniform in terms of how police departments interpret the rules and record the data,” said James Alan Fox, a criminal justice professor at Northeastern University.