City Jumps 20 Points In National Crime Ranking, Despite Lower Overall Crime Rate
Richmond has jumped 20 spots from number 99 to number 79 among the nation’s most dangerous cities…at least according to the CQ Press annual survey, but as Charles Fishburne reports…some are questioning what the numbers really mean.
Richmond police Chief Bryan Norwood, for one, noting that, overall, Richmond had less crime in 2009 than it did in 2008.
He says the city actually had a drop in crime of just over four percent over the six categories measured by the survey, although murder and robbery were both up.
The ratings are published by CQ Press, which does this every year and every year hears complaints; even the FBI, from whom the raw data is compiled, warns against what it calls simplistic and/or incomplete analyses and the National Conference of Mayors goes a bit further, calling it a "premeditated statistical mugging of America's cities.”
The most dangerous city in America, according to the survey, St. Louis, followed by Camden, New Jersey, Detroit and Flint, Michigan.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News