posted on Nov, 22 2004 @ 01:14 PM
Camden, N.J., named most dangerous city.
TRENTON, New Jersey (AP) -- Camden has been named the nation's most-dangerous city, snatching the top spot from Detroit, according to a company's
annual ranking based on crime statistics.
Officials in Camden, which was ranked third last year, downplayed the dubious designation Sunday, saying many steps have already been taken to reduce
crime in the city.
"We must give our people jobs, training and opportunity," said City Councilman Ali Sloan-El, who pointed out that Camden's poverty is an important
contributing factor to its high crime rate.
St. Louis, Missouri
rounded out the top five in the most dangerous city rankings, which was to be released Monday by Morgan Quitno Corp. The company publishes "City
Crime Rankings," an annual reference book that will be published next month. Detroit fell to second in this year's list.
The rankings look at the rate for six crime categories: Murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and auto theft. It compares 350 cities
with populations of 75,000 or more that reported crime data to the FBI. Final 2003 statistics, released by the FBI in October, were used to determine