A detailed study on the most dangerous cities in America carried out by Forbes magazine has thrown up some alarming facts and insights. The study, based FBI statistics, has revealed that Detroit’s rate of 1,200 violent crimes per 100,000 people is the highest in the country. Murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault were considered violent crimes. What’s interesting is that it’s not the pressures of an increasing population but a decrease in population that has seen Detroit rank consistently as one of America’s most dangerous cities. Closedown of of manufacturing units since the sixties has seen the population come down from 1.8 million in 1950 to half that number today.
Greater Memphis, Tenn., and Miami, Fla., metropolitan areas are second and third, respectively behind Detroit. Las Vegas, Nevada; Stockton, California; Orlando, Florida; Little Rock, Arkansas; Charleston, S.C; Nashville, Tennessee; and Baltimore, Maryland round up the top ten.
Researchers compiling the list found that all top ten cities in the list were important transit points for the Mexican drug cartels. The turf wars of drug-running gangs are one of the root causes for an uptick in crime in these cities. The list does not throw up any new names from previous years’ lists, just a shuffling of order. What this means is that crime-busting in these cities is not being carried out on a scale and with an intensity that is the need of the hour. The situation gets further compounded because of the recession when meager government funds are being diverted to other issues perceived to be more crucial.