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Crime and Purpose?
November 23, 2004
KPIX TV was nice enough to remind us last night on the 6:30 news that Richmond has the dubious distinction of being named the most dangerous city in California and the 12th most dangerous city in the United States.
This comes from an annual ranking by Morgan Quitno Press that also found San Jose to be the safest large city in America. The rankings were based on weighted comparisons of 2003 crime data released by the FBI in October 2004, so they reflect last year’s crime rather than this year’s.
Richmond has struggled with the image of a crime-ridden city for many years, but 2004 statistics are showing some improvement. See Murder and Violence in Richmond, October 16, 2004.
Getting off this list should be a major objective of not only the City Council but of all who live and work in Richmond.
The rankings in the latest study are shown below:
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From the San Francisco Chronicle:
San Jose remains atop the list of the safest big cities in the U.S. following the release of a study today based on FBI crime statistics, according to a city spokesman.
Of the 32 cities across the nation with a population of more than 500,000 people, San Jose was again ranked the safest city with two other California cities ranking in the top 10.
San Francisco dropped from seventh to ninth while San Diego slipped from fifth to seventh compared to last year' study by the Morgan Quitno Press, city according to David Vossbrink.
"Protecting the people of San Jose is one of my highest priorities, and I am very proud that San Jose remains the nation's safest big city year after year,'' Mayor Ron Gonzales said in a written statement. "Keeping our residents and neighborhoods safe is the result of our continuing investments in an excellent, well-trained and well-equipped police force, a strong commitment to crime prevention, and an effective partnership with all the people in our community to focus on solutions that protect public safety.''
The study is based upon crime statistics for the number of murders, rapes, aggravated assaults, robberies, burglaries and auto thefts within the city, Vossbrink said.
The most dangerous big city is Detroit, Mich., according to the study.
Detroit is the site of an ugly brawl between NBA basketball players and fans on Friday, with fans running onto the court and throwing objects at the players.
Three SoCal cities ranked among the country's safest
(11-22) 06:58 PST MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (AP) --
Three Southern California cities are among the top 10 safest cities in the country, according to an annual ranking based on crime statistics.
Mission Viejo and Lake Forest in Orange County were ranked the fourth and sixth safest cities, respectively, while Thousand Oaks in Ventura County was listed seventh. Overall, Newton, Mass., was considered the safest.
The rankings were to be released Monday by Lawrence, Kan.-based Morgan Quitno Corp., which will publish its annual reference book, "City Crime Rankings," next month.
While no California cities made the company's top 10 list of most dangerous cities, there were several among the top 25. Richmond came in at 12, San Bernardino at 16, Compton at 17 and Oakland at 24.
Camden, N.J., was named the nation's most-dangerous city, snatching the top spot from Detroit, which fell to second.
The rankings look at the rate for six crime categories: Murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and auto theft. It compares 350 cities with populations of 75,000 or more that reported crime data to the FBI. Final 2003 statistics, released by the FBI in October, were used to determine the rankings.