The latest rankings of America’s most dangerous and safest cities have officials in New York’s Capital Region debating the merit of such lists. Colonie, N.Y., was among the safest communities in the United States in 2004, while nearby Albany was one of the more dangerous, according to the latest edition of “City Crime Rankings,” a guide based on federal statistics.
Albany was ranked 64th in the overall tally of 369 American cities and towns. Among the 129 cities with populations under 100,000, Albany was ranked 12th most dangerous by Morgan Quitno, a publishing firm in Lawrence, Kan. Because the list of cities included suburban towns like Colonie, Albany police spokesman James Miller questioned how the survey was compiled. “There is no criteria for demographics, income, urban populations, which is not a fair comparison when you’re comparing Albany to the town of Colonie or Cape Coral, Fla.,” he said. “They’re not what you would categorize as a true city environment.” But Colonie Police Chief Steve Heider was pleased with how the town of about 85,000 fared. In communities of under 100,000 people, Colonie ranked 8th.