The political left never tires of pointing fingers at Conservatives and looking for ways to lay society’s ills at their feet … especially violence.
Even in reporting crime statistics, they look for some way to call it a failure of Republican leadership. For example, if a blue city in a red state has a crime problem, our pro-Democrat media will invariably lay blame at the feet of the governor rather than the mayor… especially if they can work in some sort of a ‘gun culture’ angle.
But when you take a step back and compare cities around the world against each other, you get a very different perspective. It just so happens that eleven of the world’s fifty most dangerous cities are American, and they share one other characteristic.
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Before we get to that other characteristic, or which cities made the list, here’s a little about what’s ON that list. If you visit the source page for the list (link below) you will see a pair of numbers to the right of each city. One is the ‘crime index’ and the other is the ‘safety index’.
The site describes themselves this way:
To generate a current index (which is always updated) we use data up to 36 months old. We include only cities for which there are at least a certain number of contributors. Our semiannual index is remade twice per year by pushing current index into this historical view.
Crime Index is an estimation of overall level of crime in a given city or a country. We consider crime levels lower than 20 as very low, crime levels between 20 and 40 as being low, crime levels between 40 and 60 as being moderate, crime levels between 60 and 80 as being high and finally crime levels higher than 80 as being very high.
Safety index is, on the other way, quite opposite of crime index. If the city has a high safety index, it is considered very safe.
Is this much less accurate than governmental statistics? In some countries, governments have a detailed statistics based on a number of reported crimes per capita. Those surveys are particular good in comparing crime between two cities in that country, but are not so good in cross country comparison for the following reasons:
people in some countries are much more likely to report a crime than in other countries
data could be forged by governmental institutions
data are not available for most of the world
Taken together, those numbers add up to 100%, so the higher one is, the lower its corollary will be.
To give a little context, Caracas is #1 on their crime stat, with South Africa holding down 3 of the other top five spots. Kabul is #7, followed by three cities in Brazil.
Three American cities show up in the 11-20 range: #15 Baltimore; #18 Memphis; #19 Detroit.
Coming in at #23, Albuquerque sits just ahead of Tijuana, Lima, and Kingston (Jamaica) followed by #27 St. Louis.
New Orleans, at #35, is two slots ahead of Lagos, Nigeria, which, in turn, is just ahead of #38 Oakland, California, and #40 Milwaukee.
Chicago at #43, Philadelphia at #46, Cleveland at #48, and Houston at #50 round out the list of US cities.
Houston is a great example of what we mentioned about blue city mayors with red state governors.
These cities have one thing in common — they are Democrat strongholds. Do with that information as you will.