According to the most recently compiled crime reports and analyzed statistics (based on 2008 records), the three most dangerous cities in America are not particularly surprising.
New Orleans, Louisiana. There is little wonder that this city takes the number one most-dangerous spot, considering the social upheaval that ensued after Hurricane Katrina. Still in the lengthy throws of recovery, it’s unlikely that crime stats will drop any time soon in this devastated urban environment.
Detroit, Michigan. Poverty has overwhelmed Detroit following the closure of so many auto industry plants and other related businesses that were for so long the center of the area’s economy. Desperation has a way of making people turn on each other. Violent crime, especially rape, armed robbery and assaults were through the roof in ’08.
Gary, Indiana. Gary’s drop to the number three spot is something of an accomplishment. They held the infamous number one spot for several years running. Burglary has always been high in this Indiana town, but rape stats are especially ridiculous. I’d surmise that it would be unwise for any woman to walk down the streets of Gary without a loaded gun, a body guard, locked chastity belt and a pack of wolf hybrids.
The rest of the top ten most dangerous cities are: North Charleston South Carolina, Richmond California, Birmingham Alabama, Flint Michigan, Oakland California – which has been in the top three on numerous occasions, St. Louis Missouri, and Camden New Jersey.
The three most unsafe states include Louisiana at the top of the list. While New Orleans was named the most dangerous city in the U.S., there are other Louisiana locales that don’t beckon visitors with any promise of security. No doubt Louisiana tourism won’t be on the rise anytime soon.
Nevada comes in second to Louisiana, though a distant second. Some of the smaller out of the way towns aren’t too seedy, but Las Vegas is always a hotbed of crime. Reno has its fair share of trouble as well. The state, with legal gambling and prostitution, is pretty much begging for an unsavory culture.
South Carolina takes the number three spot of the most dangerous states in the country, due to its very high number of reported assaults and car thefts. Other recorded crimes, however, are relatively low in comparison to other states in the top ten, which include; New Mexico, Florida, Tennessee, Alaska, Arizona, Michigan and Maryland.
No matter where you live, whether it’s one of the most at-risk cities or a small, quiet town, it’s always important to be aware of who and what is around you. Use common sense when going out (is it really necessary to be outside at 1:00 in the morning?) and when at home, always lock up your doors and windows.
Installing a reliable home security system can help keep you safe, and monitoring services elevate your personal protection even further. Crime can happen anywhere, anytime. Preparation and awareness can be key weapons to keep you from becoming a victim.