Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are challenging a study that ranks an area in the city one of the most “dangerous” neighborhoods in the nation, says the Charlotte Observer. The website neighborhoodscout .com compiled a ranking that lists several neighborhoods along North Tryon Street 11th among the 25 nation’s most crime-ridden. Survey organizers say the rankings are based on FBI crime statistics and data from the U.S. Department of Justice. They did not detail the time frame they researched.
The study shows there are 108.94 crimes per 1,000 residents in an area in Charlotte. That compares to the No. 1-ranked area – West Lake Street in Chicago – where there are 257.72 crimes per 1,000 residents, or a 1 in 4 chance of a person becoming a crime victim, the study says. Cleveland’s Scovill Avenue ranked second, with 165.56 crimes per 1,000, or a 1 in 6 chance of a person becoming a crime victim. Charlotte officials acknowledge that their area faces challenges, but said there have been major improvements in recent years. “The study is nuts,” Charlotte City Councilwoman Patsy Kinsey said. “I don’t know where they get their statistics, but they are wrong.” Charlotte police spokesman Rob Tufano said the study findings don’t square with the department’s statistics. The website e-mailed an explanation of how the ranking was compiled, which said survey organizers used “mathematical algorithms” to estimate incidence of crime for neighborhoods.