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City’s Criminologist Calls Crime Ranking ‘Baseless’

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A leading criminologist calls the most recent crime ranking for St. Louis “baseless.”

That was University of Missouri – St. Louis professor of criminology Rick Rosenfeld’s take on St. Louis’ ranking of second for most crime out of cities with similar populations. The ranking comes from CQ Press which uses Federal Bureau of Investigation crime statistics in its own analyses.

“Cities that are small parts of their metropolitan area tend to run artificially high because persons from outside the city who are in the city and may become crime victims aren’t counted,” explained Rosenfeld, who also works for the City of St. Louis as “Criminologist in Residence” at the Department of Public Safety.

He says CQ Press takes the total number of crimes in a city and divides it by the city’s population. Because the people who only work in the city are not included in that equation, St. Louis will always come up with a high crime ranking.

“Differences across neighborhoods and crime rates far and away outweigh differences between cities and crime rates. That’s the case in any city one would want to look at, not simply St. Louis,” Rosenfeld said.

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