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The Most Dangerous Cities In America

Crime is common across America. However, in comparison to the rest of the nation, you’re twice as likely to become a victim of theft or assault in one of these 25 dangerous cities. Many factors come into play when determining the safety of a city, including:

  1. Population size and density
  2. Poverty rates
  3. Gang violence
  4. Drug problems
  5. Location

These are just a few. Mixed with bad social conditions, violent crimes such as assault, rape, robbery, and murder tend to be more prevalent. The same goes for property crimes such as burglaries and theft. The dangerous cities that made this list might surprise you. Here is our list of the top 25 most dangerous cities in America, based on information from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.

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#25 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Milwaukee is the largest city in Wisconsin. Within a population of 599,395 people, here are the statistics for violent crimes:

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91 Murders, 232 Rapes, 3,028 Robberies, 4,411 Assaults
The following are the numbers of property crimes reported in Milwaukee:
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6,998 Burglaries, 18,841 Thefts, 4,804 Motor Vehicle Thefts

In Milwaukee, the odds of you becoming a victim to a murder, rape, robbery, or assault are 1 in 77. And the odds of you becoming a victim to a burglary, theft, or auto theft are 1 in 20.

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#24 – Hartford, Connecticut

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One of the most tragic events to occur in Connecticut was the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. 20 children and 6 adults were shot dead in a small town just outside of Hartford.  Within a population of 125,203 people, here are the statistics for violent crimes in this dangerous city:
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23 Murders, 27 Rapes, 640 Robberies, 965 Assaults

The following are the numbers of property crimes reported in Hartford:

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1,050 Burglaries, 3,474 Thefts, 802 Motor Vehicle Thefts

In Hartford, the odds of you becoming a victim to a murder, rape, robbery, or assault are 1 in 76. And the odds of you becoming a victim to a burglary, theft, or auto theft are 1 in 24.

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#23 – Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Despite all the calming lakes, Minneapolis is considered safer than only 5% of the nation.  Within a population of 390,240 people, here are the statistics for violent crimes: minneapolis-dangerous-cities-violent-crimes

39 Murders, 403 Rapes, 1,722 Robberies, 1,712 Assaults

The following are the numbers of property crimes reported in Minneapolis:

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4,818 Burglaries, 13,240, 1,830 Motor Vehicle Thefts In Minneapolis, the odds of you becoming a victim to a murder, rape, robbery, or assault are 1 in 101. And the odds of you becoming a victim to a burglary, theft, or auto theft are 1 in 20.

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#22 – Kansas City, Missouri

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Kansas City ranks high among the top 100 most dangerous cities in America. Within city limits alone, there live over 3,000 gang members. This probably explains why the murder rate in this violent city is so high. Of the 463,874 people, here are the statistics for violent crimes:Kansas-city-dangerous-cities-violent-crimes
105 Murders, 246 Rapes, 1,646 Robberies, 3,863 Assaults
The following are the numbers of property crimes reported in Kansas City:

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7,021 Burglaries, 15,174 Thefts, 3,595 Motor Vehicle Thefts
In Kansas City, the odds of you becoming a victim to a murder, rape, robbery, or assault are 1 in 79. And the odds of you becoming a victim to a burglary, theft, or auto theft are 1 in 18.

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#21 – New Haven, Connecticut

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Home to Yale University, one of the top five universities in the nation, many of the most impoverished citizens of the United States also live in New Haven. Off campus, this dangerous city struggles to deal with drugs, gangs, and poverty. With a population of 129,934 citizens, here are the statistics for violent crimes:

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17 Murders, 57 Rapes, 848 Robberies, 956 Assaults
The following are the numbers of property crimes reported in New Haven:

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1,495 Burglaries, 4,666 Thefts, 720 Motor Vehicle Thefts
In New Haven, the odds of you becoming a victim to a murder, rape, robbery, or assault are 1 in 69. And the odds of you becoming a victim to a burglary, theft, or auto theft are 1 in 19.

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#20 – Dayton, Ohio

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80 gangs mark their territory in Dayton. The city, however, has an impressive response time for being one of America’s most dangerous cities. For Priority One 911 calls, Dayton averages less than five minutes per call. The average response time for all calls is less than 16 minutes. Within a population of 142,139 citizens, here are the statistics for violent crimes:

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24 Murders, 117 Rapes, 633 Robberies, 616 Assaults
The following are the numbers of property crimes reported in Dayton:

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3,058 Burglaries, 4,808 Thefts, 697 Motor Vehicle Thefts
In Dayton, the odds of you becoming a victim to a murder, rape, robbery, or assault are 1 in 102. And the odds of you becoming a victim to a burglary, theft, or auto theft are 1 in 17.

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#19 – Buffalo, New York

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Buffalo, N.Y. is notorious for its association with gangs and mob families. Hence the high murder and robbery rate within this section of the state. Within a population of 262,434 citizens, here are the statistics for violent crimes:

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48 Murders, 141 Rapes, 1,392 Robberies, 1,809 Assaults
The following are the numbers of property crimes reported in Buffalo:

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4,049 Burglaries, 8,749 Thefts, 1,111 Motor Vehicle Thefts
In Buffalo, the odds of you becoming a victim to a murder, rape, robbery, or assault are 1 in 77. And the odds of you becoming a victim to a burglary, theft, or auto theft are 1 in 19.

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#18 – Stockton, California

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Stockton is also known for its incredibly low literacy rates. And according to 2013 statistics, 10.8% of high school students end up dropping out. Within a population of 299,105 citizens, here are the statistics for violent crimes:

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71 Murders, 91 Rapes, 1,599 Robberies, 2,948 Assaults
The following are the numbers of property crimes reported in Stockton:

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4,566 Burglaries, 8,586 Thefts, 2,508 Motor Vehicle Thefts
In Stockton, the odds of you becoming a victim to a murder, rape, robbery, or assault are 1 in 64. And the odds of you becoming a victim to a burglary, theft, or auto theft are 1 in 19.

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#17 – Cincinnati, Ohio

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Most crimes are concentrated in East Westwood, South Fairmount, North Fairmount, English Woods, and downtown. In the past, Cincinnati was known for its poor police distribution. Some neighborhoods had significantly slower police response times than most other dangerous cities. For a population of 296,204 citizens, here are the statistics for violent crimes:

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46 Murders, 189 Rapes, 1,729 Robberies, 936 Assaults
The following are the numbers of property crimes reported in Cincinnati:

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5,502 Burglaries, 12,024 Thefts, 1,100 Motor Vehicle Thefts
In Cincinnati, the odds of you becoming a victim to a murder, rape, robbery, or assault are 1 in 102. And the odds of you becoming a victim to a burglary, theft, or auto theft are 1 in 16.

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#16 – Little Rock, Arkansas

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Little Rock is considered safer than only 1% of the nation, making it one of our most dangerous cities. For every square mile in the city, 153 crimes take place. Most of which are property crimes.For a population of 196,055 citizens, here are the statistics for violent crimes:

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45 Murders, 137 Rapes, 812 Robberies, 1,603 Assaults
The following are the numbers of property crimes reported in Little Rock:

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4,286 Burglaries, 10,749 Thefts, 1,102 Motor Vehicle Thefts
In Little Rock, the odds of you becoming a victim to a murder, rape, robbery, or assault are 1 in 75. And the odds of you becoming a victim to a burglary, theft, or auto theft are 1 in 12.

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#15 – Memphis, Tennessee

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Roughly 182 gangs live in Memphis. The amount of organized crime has made Memphis twice as dangerous as the rest of the Tennessee.In the enormous population of 657,436, here are the statistics for violent crimes:

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133 Murders, 421 Rapes, 3,386 Robberies, 7,579 Assaults
The following are the numbers of property crimes reported in Memphis:

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12,629 Burglaries, 26,287 Thefts, 2,982 Motor Vehicle Thefts
In Memphis, the odds of you becoming a victim to a murder, rape, robbery, or assault are 1 in 57. And the odds of you becoming a victim to a burglary, theft, or auto theft are 1 in 16.

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#14 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Philadelphia is one of the dangerous cities most known for its amount of homicides. The Unicorn Killer, the Frankford Slasher, and the Fairmount Park Rapist all terrorized the city. None of these serial killers were caught.With a population of 1,538,957, here are the statistics for violent crimes:

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331 Murders, 880 Rapes, 7,984 Robberies, 8,658 Assaults
The following are the numbers of property crimes reported in Philadelphia:

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12,004 Burglaries, 38,592 Thefts, 6,401 Motor Vehicle Thefts
In Philadelphia, the odds of you becoming a victim to a murder, rape, robbery, or assault are 1 in 86. And the odds of you becoming a victim to a burglary, theft, or auto theft are 1 in 27.

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#13 – Birmingham, Alabama

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The largest city in Alabama, Birmingham is considered to be safer than less than 1% of the nation.With a population of 213,266, here are the statistics for violent crimes:

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67 Murders, 152 Rapes, 983 Robberies, 2,035 Assaults
The following are the numbers of property crimes reported in Birmingham:

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4,704 Burglaries, 9,042 Thefts, 1,042 Motor Vehicle Thefts
In Birmingham, the odds of you becoming a victim to a murder, rape, robbery, or assault are 1 in 66. And the odds of you becoming a victim to a burglary, theft, or auto theft are 1 in 14.

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#12 – Newark, Alabama

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Newark has repeatedly taken criticism for being such a dangerous city, with an overwhelmingly high murder rate. The largest city in New Jersey, this area is consistently in the news for reports on murders and violent crimes. It’s easy to see how Newark made it to our dangerous cities list. But, if you need more convincing, simply look at the numbers. With a population of 278,906, here are the statistics for violent crimes:

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96 Murders, 55 Rapes, 2,009 Robberies, 1,107 Assaults
The following are the numbers of property crimes reported in Newark:

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2,200 Burglaries, 4,505 Thefts, 4,010 Motor Vehicle Thefts
In Newark, the odds of you becoming a victim to a murder, rape, robbery, or assault are 1 in 85. And the odds of you becoming a victim to a burglary, theft, or auto theft are 1 in 26.

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#11 – Cleveland, Ohio

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Crime in number 11 on our dangerous cities list is concentrated on the east side the city, and most often occurs at night. Cleveland has the second highest homelessness count in all of the state. The numbers have been slowly dwindling over the year, but Cleveland continues to struggle with helping the homeless. Visitors and residents are advised to never leave anything in their cars over night. Among the 393,781 inhabitants, here are the violent crime statistics:

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84 Murders, 363 Rapes, 3,252 Robberies, 1,750 Assaults
The following are the numbers of property crimes reported in Cleveland:

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9,741 Burglaries, 10,847 Thefts, 3,762 Motor Vehicle Thefts
In Cleveland, the odds of you becoming a victim to a murder, rape, robbery, or assault are 1 in 72. And the odds of you becoming a victim to a burglary, theft, or auto theft are 1 in 16.

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#10 – Bridgeport, Connecticut

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Again, gang violence is to blame for this dangerous city’s high crime rates. The gangs in Bridgeport are neighborhood based and focus on property crimes. There are roughly 15 active gangs in Bridgeport. Within a population of 146,030 people, here are the violent crime statistics:

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22 Murders, 388 Rapes, 606 Robberies, 744 Assaults
The following are the numbers of property crimes reported in Bridgeport:

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1,377 Burglaries, 2,908 Thefts, 868  Motor Vehicle Thefts
In Bridgeport, the odds of you becoming a victim to a murder, rape, robbery, or assault are 1 in 83. And the odds of you becoming a victim to a burglary, theft, or auto theft are 1 in 28.

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#9 – Oakland, California

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Violent crimes are most prevalent in the East and West neighborhoods of the city. One of the issues with number nine on our dangerous cities list is its understaffed police force. Because of this, the police must focus their efforts in the East and West side. Over the years, the murder rate has decreased as much as 30%. Within a population of 399,487 people, here are the violent crime statistics:

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127 Murders, 271 Rapes, 4,338 Robberies, 3,227 Assaults
The following are the numbers of property crimes reported in Oakland:

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6,168 Burglaries, 13,198 Thefts, 6,976 Motor Vehicle Thefts
In Oakland, the odds of you becoming a victim to a murder, rape, robbery, or assault are 1 in 50. And the odds of you becoming a victim to a burglary, theft, or auto theft are 1 in 15.

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#8 – Detroit, Michigan

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Many don’t bother with calling 911 in the event of an emergency in number eight on our dangerous cities list. On average, it takes the Detroit police up to 58 minutes to respond to a Priority One call. The police force has made it a priority for 2014 to work on responding to calls in no more than 5 minutes. In a city of 707,096 people, here are the violent crime statistics:

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386 Murders, 441 Rapes, 4,843 Robberies, 9,341 Assaults
The following are the numbers of property crimes reported in Detroit:

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13,488 Burglaries, 15,968 Thefts, 11,500 Motor Vehicle Thefts
In Detroit, the odds of you becoming a victim to a murder, rape, robbery, or assault are 1 in 47. And the odds of you becoming a victim to a burglary, theft, or auto theft are 1 in 17.

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#7 – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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Aside from the dangers of jellyfish in the water, Myrtle Beach has a serious problem with property crimes. Myrtle Beach is generally considered a tourist town with expensive hotels and condos. Vacationers will often let their guards down, leave doors unlocked, and end up being robbed. In a city of 28,085 people, here are the violent crime statistics:

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7 Murders, 43 Rapes, 195 Robberies, 227 Assaults
The following are the numbers of property crimes reported in Myrtle Beach:

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670 Burglaries, 3,300 Thefts, 343 Motor Vehicle Thefts
In Myrtle Beach, the odds of you becoming a victim to a murder, rape, robbery, or assault are 1 in 60. And the odds of you becoming a victim to a burglary, theft, or auto theft are 1 in 7.

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#6 – Homestead, Florida

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Number six on our dangerous cities list is Homestead, another small town with a high crime rate. This town is considered safer than only 3% of the nation. Like many other cities, we suggest that you don’t go out at night by yourself or without a self-defense weapon. In a city of 62,785 people, here are the violent crime statistics:

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4 Murders, 33 Rapes, 315 Robberies, 693 Assaults
The following are the numbers of property crimes reported in Homestead:

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877 Burglaries, 2,151 Thefts, 188 Motor Vehicle Thefts
In Homestead, the odds of you becoming a victim to a murder, rape, robbery, or assault are 1 in 60. And the odds of you becoming a victim to a burglary, theft, or auto theft are 1 in 20.

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#5 – Chester, Pennsylvania

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The city of Chester was very prosperous during the American Industrial Revolution. But once the era of factory labor ended, the city slowly went downhill. Many of Chester’s violent crimes come from gang activity and drug trafficking. In a city of 34,239 people, here are the violent crime statistics:

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22 Murders, 17 Rapes, 217 Robberies, 464 Assaults
The following are the numbers of property crimes reported in Chester:

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465 Burglaries, 636 Thefts, 102 Motor Vehicle Thefts
In Chester, the odds of you becoming a victim to a murder, rape, robbery, or assault are 1 in 48. And the odds of you becoming a victim to a burglary, theft, or auto theft are 1 in 28.

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#4 – Bessemer, Alabama

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Number four on our dangerous cities list is considered safer than less than 1% of the nation. The police continue to increase their staff, as well as respond faster to emergency calls. In a city of 27,585 people, here are the violent crime statistics:

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4 Murders, 20 Rapes, 164 Robberies, 394 Assaults
The following are the numbers of property crimes reported in Bessemer:

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873 Burglaries, 2,218 Thefts, 238 Motor Vehicle Thefts
In Bessemer, the odds of you becoming a victim to a murder, rape, robbery, or assault are 1 in 47. And the odds of you becoming a victim to a burglary, theft, or auto theft are 1 in 8.

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#3 – West Memphis, Arkansas

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Approximately 108 crimes occur for every square mile in West Memphis, Arkansas. More than half of Arkansas does not sell liquor—West Memphis is an exception. Because West Memphis is one of few counties that provide alcohol, many flock here to get drunk. In a city of 26,153 people, here are the violent crime statistics:

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6 Murders, 29 Rapes, 137 Robberies, 481 Assaults
The following are the numbers of property crimes reported in West Memphis:

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1,090 Burglaries, 1,166 Thefts, 138 Motor Vehicle Thefts

In West Memphis, the odds of you becoming a victim to a murder, rape, robbery, or assault are 1 in 40. And the odds of you becoming a victim to a burglary, theft, or auto theft are 1 in 11.

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#2 – Camden, New Jersey

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Forty-four percent of the people live below the poverty line in number two on our dangerous cities list. Walking through Camden, you will encounter many homeless individuals, crack houses, and abandoned buildings. In a city of 77,665 people, here are the violent crime statistics:

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67 Murders, 74 Rapes, 756 Robberies, 1,098 Assaults
The following are the numbers of property crimes reported in Camden:

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1,098 Burglaries, 2,282 Thefts, 705 Motor Vehicle Thefts
In Camden, the odds of you becoming a victim to a murder, rape, robbery, or assault are 1 in 39. And the odds of you becoming a victim to a burglary, theft, or auto theft are 1 in 19.

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#1 – Flint, Michigan

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Flint encountered trouble after the General Motors plants closed. The collapse of the U.S. auto industry helps place this city as the most dangerous city in America. The murder rate has been consistently the highest since 2009, and in 2012 the violent crime rate increased 1.2%. In a city of 101,632 people, here are the violent crime statistics:

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63 Murders, 109 Rapes, 679 Robberies, 1,937 Assaults

The following are the numbers of property crimes reported in Flint:

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2,981 Burglaries, 2,392 Thefts, 464 Motor Vehicle Thefts

In Flint, the odds of you becoming a victim to a murder, rape, robbery, or assault are 1 in 36. And the odds of you becoming a victim to a burglary, theft, or auto theft are 1 in 17.

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To Protect Your Belongings And Yourself

Do you know how to properly protect your life and belongings? Whether your visiting these dangerous cities, or deciding to move there, learn the proper basics of self-defense and home security. Simple self-defense techniques include:

  • Carrying pepper spray
  • Traveling in numbers
  • Avoiding dangerous areas

Leaving the house with these strategies in mind will help keep you safe. But before you shut the door, be sure to turn on your home security system.
Most home break-ins occur during the day when you’re not home. That’s why you should check out what home security options you have in your area, especially if you live in one of these dangerous cities. Home security companies provide your with a variety of options and custom installations such as:

  • Third Party Monitoring. A professional will monitor your homes cameras and sensors for you. If they see someone breaking in, they’ll call the police for you.
  • Live Video Streams. Open an app on your smartphone to see what’s going on at home.
  • Home Automation. Forget to lock the door? Having a connected home means that you can lock the door from the other side of the world using your phone.

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