Texarkana Arkansas and Texas Among Top 100 Most Dangerous Cities in America
We stirred up a bit of controversy when we reported that Texarkana, Texas was ranked second most dangerous city in Texas. Well, now there's a report that both Texarkana Arkansas, and Texas are among the Top 100 Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S..
The Texarkana, Texas was listed by a Security Company Study as the 2nd Most Dangerous City in Texas, and T.T.P.D. disagreed with that ranking. That study had been compiled with data from the FBI and not only used Violent Crimes reported, but also property crimes and total crimes reported per 1,000 residents. So, we decided to see what we could find regarding only "Violent Crime".
In the study from Neighborhood Scout, they explain how they used the data from the FBI,
Our research reveals the 100 most dangerous cities in America with 25,000 or more people, based on the number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents. Violent crimes include homicide, forcible rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault. Data used for this research are 1) the number of violent crimes reported to the FBI to have occurred in each city, and 2) the population of each city.
They go on to explain why their analysis is more comprehensive,
Thousands of cities nationwide - both large and small - have multiple agencies with law enforcement responsibility. These include municipal police, county sheriff, transit police, campus police, public school police, park and port police, tribal police, and more. Since many cities are served by more than one law enforcement agency, our exclusive analysis includes crimes reported by all agencies. We accomplish this by collecting raw crime data from all 17,000 law enforcement agencies in America. Then we use a relational database built from the ground up to assign reported crimes from each agency to the city where it has law enforcement responsibility. This method provides an accurate representation of the complete number and types of crimes that truly occur within any city or town, not just crimes reported by a single municipal agency.
So, if we only count "Violent Crime" the numbers do look better, but not very much.