Drug-related Murders No Risk to Tourists, City Says
A new report ranking Detroit as the top U.S. crime spot prompted a barrage of criticism Monday from local officials.
The analysis of U.S. crime statistics showed that the Motor City had squeaked past St. Louis to become the most dangerous city in the country in 2006.
Detroit did not deny it has a big crime problem but police said the murders were “not random” and were drug- related. Such crimes are not likely to affect a visitor, they said.
Crime statistics can scare away tourists and conventioneers. So St. Louis officials, fearing their Missouri city would come out on top again, had joined with other cities to hire a public relations firm to try to thwart the annual crime report, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Although the group couldn’t stop the CQ Press report released over the weekend ranking 378 cities in six crime categories, the St. Louis paper was able to proudly report Monday that the city had dropped to “second-most dangerous.”
The rankings are based on Federal Bureau of Investigation statistics, but the FBI refrains from breaking them down by city. Cities use different methodology to compute their own crime rates and crime levels in a particular community are affected by multiple factors.
But the publisher, the reference arm of Congressional Quarterly, said on its website Monday that local variants do not mean the cities should not face comparison.
“This would be somewhat akin to deciding not to compare athletes on their speed in the 100yard dash because of physical or training differences,” it said.
…this post forwarded by Windsor Humanist, Alexander Hodgins, after a November 20, 2007 article from Reuters