The publishing firm CQ Press listed Camden, N.J., St. Louis, Oakland, Detroit, and Flint, Mi., as the cities with the highest per-capita reported crime rates. Camden also was number one in 2004 and 2005.
Criminologists and city officials blast the list as meaningless and damaging to cities’ reputations says the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The FBI warns
against city-by-city comparisons. “These rankings represent a misuse of FBI data,” said Rochester, N.Y., Mayor Robert J. Duffy, chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Criminal and Social Justice Committee.
Kara Bowlin, a spokeswoman for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, called the ranking “stupid” and “totally bogus.” She pointed to dropping crime rates in St. Louis over the past three years. CQ’s rankings are based on FBI crime data for murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary and auto theft.