South Florida inspired popular crime shows like Miami Vice and CSI: Miami. So some may be surprised to discover that a recent ranking of the country’s most dangerous cities does not include a single Florida city in its top 25. The study was published earlier this year by CQ Press and uses FBI violent crime statistics to determine which areas have the highest crime rate.
St. Louis, Missouri snagged the dubious honor of number one, followed by Camden, New Jersey in the number two slot and Detroit, Michigan in number three. Miami Gardens, Florida came in at number 40 with Miami Beach at number 42 and Miami at number 51.
However, some experts warn that this overall ranking doesn’t give a complete picture. The study combines all violent crimes without taking into account which cities have higher homicide rates or an unusually high rate of sexual assault. Many law enforcement officials point out that there are crime factors which can’t be expressed in numbers. Nonetheless, this is consistent with other reports that have found a general decline in violent crime in South Florida in the past few years.
Source: South Florida cities rank surprisingly low in study of most dangerous cities in America, South Florida Sun Sentinel, November 22, 2010
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