St. Louis NOT Nation's Second Most Dangerous City Says Slay Administration - KMOV.com

St. Louis NOT Nation's Second Most Dangerous City Says Slay Administration

St. Louis once again makes the CQ Press list of America's most dangerous cities.  The Slay administration cites problems with the methodology used in the list.  Chief of Staff Jeff Rainford says St. Louis reports every crime, but other cities under report crime so they don't look as bad.  Rainford says in the past, the authors have used a lower population figure for St. Louis, thereby making it look as if the city has more crime per capita than it does.  He says another problem is the fact that suburban statistics aren't included in St. Louis like they are in many metropolitan areas.  Rainford admits there are about half a dozen neighborhoods that are truly dangerous, but that means there are about seventy others which aren't.

St. Louis Police Chief Dan Isom says overall, crime is down in the city.  The exception is property crime.  Isom says in this economy, break-ins and robberies are up.  The department is targeting those crimes.  Chief Isom is frustrated, though, by repeat offenders his officers catch only to see back out on the street.  Isom says the department is working with prosecutors and judges to make them aware of the seriousness of some of the offenders' records.  Also, the Chief says some of the victims are as involved in criminal activity as the perpetrators.  He cites drug wars and gang disputes to support that assertion.

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