The FBI has just released its annual list of America’s most dangerous cities. The city on the top of the list may surprise you. (It’s not Chicago.) The top five cities have two things in common. The city on top isn’t happy about it, as they’ve been there before. But the statistics don’t lie. They leave that to the city leaders who pretend they don’t have a problem. So here’s the list . . . five cities you may want to avoid on your next vacation.
Detroit has regained the title as the most violent big city in America, witnessing more murders last year than Los Angeles, which has four times as many people, according to new FBI crime figures released Monday.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig offered this defense: “Just because it’s coming out of the FBI” doesn’t mean it’s accurate. (He offered internal data to bolster his claim.)
Mayor Mike Duggan declined comment.
FBI data concludes that violent crime in Detroit has increased each of the last two years, and is up 15.7 percent in just the last year. A total of 13,705 violent crimes – murders, rapes, assaults, and robberies – were reported last year.
Rounding out the top five most violent cities are: St. Louis, Memphis, Baltimore, and Rockford. While St. Louis ranks second in overall violence, it is #1 in murders.
Nationwide, in 2016 there were 1.2 million violent crimes. Murder and manslaughter offenses increased 8.6 percent in one year. Also up were aggravated assault, rape, robbery, and property crimes, of which 7,919,035 were reported. A total of 10.7 arrests were made, excluding traffic crimes.
As for the two things the five most violent cities have in common: they all have strict gun laws and are led by Democratic mayors.
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The material and data for this column were provided by Tresa Baldas, who is a writer for USA Today. The closing sentence was my own commentary.