CQ Press City Crime Rankings 2010-2011
Rankings by Population Categories
CITIES OF 500,000 OR MORE POPULATION (34 CITIES)
Lowest Crime Rate Ranking Highest Crime Rate Ranking
1. El Paso, TX 1. Detroit, MI
2. Honolulu, HI 2. Baltimore, MD
3. New York, NY 3. Memphis, TN
4. San Jose, CA 4.Washington, DC
5. San Diego, CA 5. Atlanta, GA
6. Austin, TX 6. Indianapolis, IN
7. Portland, OR 7. Philadelphia, PA
8. Los Angeles, CA 8. Milwaukee,WI
9. Seattle,WA 9. Houston, TX
10. Fort Worth, TX 10. Columbus, OH
I copied and pasted CQ's City Crime Rankings for cities with 500,000 or more people so people won't misrepresent the facts one way or the other. Please feel free to click on this link to view the full list of the other "Safest Cities" as well. Silvestre Reyes does the people of Amherst, NY and Colonie, NY an injustice by saying he represents THE "Safest City" in the US. Now if you look at this list you will see that El Paso was named the "Safest" out of 34 cities. Not the safest in the US. Now look at the other "Top Ten" safest cities. I have been to 7 of the Top 10 cities and I really didn't feel very "safe" in all of them. Let's just take the two most obvious. Los Angeles and New York. Those two cities are known for many things but being safe is not really one of them. Like I said in the past, calling El Paso the "Safest City" was like calling it the prettiest girl in an ugly contest, the skinniest guy at fat camp, the tallest man in a midget contest or the most honest guy in a corruption scandal. OK that last one was just a cheap shot. But you get my point.
I also said that being named the "Safest City" would only give El Pasoans a false sense of security and would make people walk around with their guard down. I'm not the "I told you so" kinda guy, but I did warn you guys. Last year the City of El Paso had four murders total, that's all year. KTSM News Channel 9 just reported that there have been five murders in El Paso for the year already. Then Charlie Moreno reports on Facebook, thats always a good source(sarcasm), that there were two more murders but that the police department had not officially released the information. (Click here to see the kind of sort of released information on the unofficial murders that already happened) That's seven murders and we are still in January. To make things worse there has been nine traffic fatalities year to date. How safe are we really? Do we expect a piece of paper and a title to keep us safe at night or do we do something about it? Unfortunately El Paso is a reactive kind of town instead of being a proactive town. I just can't wait to hear what kind of spin Reyes and his liberal clan put on this. Now that I think about it, I wonder if he will continue to wear his "Safest City In The Whole US" cape or will he send it to the cleaners until this dies down. We will just have to wait and find out.