EXCLUSIVE – Crime Watch: Birmingham climbs to No. 7 in crime rate ranking
Despite drop in major crimes, city jumps from eighth place in 2008
Birmingham may be seeing welcome relief when it comes to crime, but not enough to sway its ranking in the CQ Press’ annual city crime rankings released today. The city again made the Top 10, placing at No. 7.
In 2008, the city ranked eighth, and in 2007 and 2006, it placed sixth.
Last week, Birmingham reported a 12 percent drop in major crime in 2009, including a 25 percent drop in homicides.
The Washington-based publisher used crime data reported to the FBI in six areas: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft. In previous years, CQ Press referred to the rankings as the “Most Dangerous Cities” list, but dropped the designation this year.
Other Alabama cities ranked:
Camden, N.J. topped that list.
In the list of 2009 Metropolitan Crime Rate Rankings, Birmingham-Hoover came in at No. 21. Also on that list from Alabama:
11. Columbus, GA-AL
Pine Bluff, Ark., is No. 1 on the list.
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