Ohio Cities on the most dangerous list…

by Maureen McCabe on November 19, 2007

I woke up hearing it on the clock radio this morning.  Columbus is waaaaaay down on the list. 

From what I found looking at a bunch of different sources…. according to ”City Crime Rankings, 14th Edition”  from CQ Publishing:

Cleveland is 10th

Youngstown is 15th

Cincinnati is 16th

Dayton is 19th

I was in Detroit this weekend… Detroit is number one on the list.  I am not sure I was ever really in Detroit though I may have just been in the suburbs.  It is 300 + cities…  It is cities with population of 75,000 + .  That may be a stretch to compare / rank Detroit MI against  a city with a population of 75,000.   

I of course hopped out of bed to Google the news… and  see where Columbus was on this  list.  The  report by CQ Press  has riled up cities, mayors, police chiefs and the FBI.  The stats used to make the ranking come from FBI stats but may not be used correctly… according to much of the commentary about the report.

A Cinci political blog, The Bellweather Daily wrote ‘National Crime Rankings: Ohio Has 4 Of The ‘Most Dangerous’ Cities’  The blogger wrote:

Columbus comes in as the nation’s 47th most dangerous city, Toledo is 46th and Canton 42nd. Akron did not submit data.

He bought the report.  I am not going to… you can buy a pdf for 5 dollars, a paper back book for 49 dollars, a CD of the info for 99 dollars.

WOSU reports on the story – Columbus is number 48.    They say Toledo is 47th…

The Associated Press noted:

The study excluded Chicago, Minneapolis, and other Illinois and Minnesota cities because of incomplete data.

Number 47, or number 48… it doesn’t include Chicago, Minneapolis…or the rest of Illinois or Minnesota.. maybe it can’t be taken seriously. 

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1 Chris Griffith November 21, 2007 at 07:13 am

I don’t want to say anything bad about Cleveland for fear Carol Cohen will hunt me down. :) That being said, I have a strong dislike for the camera speed traps in the city that DISCRIMINATES against anyone that drives faster than 34 miles per hour. My parents dislike it too, since I was driving their car and the tickets….yes plural…were mailed to them.

2 Maureen McCabe November 21, 2007 at 07:49 am

We have the red light cameras in Columbus now… I don’t remember Cleveland having cameras for speeders…. funny. Thanks for the comment.

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