Recently, Forbes listed the most dangerous cities in the U.S. They used violent crime statistics from the FBI’s 2008 latest uniform crime report to determine which cities were most dangerous.
According to the FBI, the violent crime category is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Forbes used federal statistics of cities with more than 500,000 residents. Although nationwide crime was down 3.5% in the first six months of 2008, their top ten most dangerous cities were among those identified by the Department of Justice as transit points for Mexican drug cartels.
Run by crime lords like Joaquin Guzman Lorea, these drug gangs and their violent turf wars are spreading into the American Southwest and beyond. Stockton, California listed as number 5 is 500 miles from Tijuana and has seen an uptick in related violent crime. Stockton is a major transit point along the I-5 corridor on the way to Seattle and Vancouver. Most of the crime is drug gangs fighting other drug gangs.
However, the number one most dangerous city is Detroit, Michigan. There have been 1,220 violent crimes committed per 100,000 people. The reason is that this city has a lot of local crime syndicates along with small gangs who tend to compete over territory. Memphis, Tennessee is listed as number two; Miami, Florida is number three and Las Vegas, Nevada is number four.
What all of these cities have in common is the bad economy and lower housing prices. There are many areas that have vacant homes as well as vacant businesses.