Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission head Michael Heidingsfield wasn’t surprised that the Memphis area tops the nation in violent crime rates, says the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Poor numbers for 2005 were part of the impetus for Project Safe Community, an effort to bring all the local law enforcement and other sectors of the community together in a comprehensive crime reduction plan.
“Memphis doesn’t enjoy the typical suburban affluence that other areas do, and that could set us aside,” Heidingsfield said. “As there is re-gentrification in the inner cities, you see a change in crime rates,” he said. New York is probably the best example, with several decades of rebuilding. Violent crime, and street crime generally, are typically displaced by an influx of wealth.