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America's 10 most dangerous cities

Updated 11:28 pm, Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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  • 10. Birmingham, Ala. Photo: Mark Almond, Associated Press
    10. Birmingham, Ala.
    Photo: Mark Almond, Associated Press

 

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By Wes Duplantier

A new study of local and national crime numbers produced this week ranks the Park City as one of the 10 most dangerous cities in the country -- but that ranking is lower than in previous studies and comes as other crime numbers show that Bridgeport is getting safer.

Washington-based CQ Press ranks Bridgeport as the ninth-most dangerous city with at least 75,000 residents, putting it between Newark, N.J., at No. 8 and Birmingham, Ala., at No. 10.

CQ Press said it took the 2012 rates of murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft for each of the cities it studied and compared them to the national average to come up with its list.

Bridgeport Police Department spokesman William Kaempffer said that the 2012 numbers for the city are skewed by two cases in which two suspects were charged with approximately 250 counts of assaulting victims known to them over the course of years.

Another outlet, Business Insider, put out a similar study last year that ranked Bridgeport as the fourth most dangerous city in the country. That study also used the 2012 crime numbers but used a different methodology to create its rankings.

Bridgeport's statistics for 2013 show that major crimes were down last year, with most notable decrease being the number of homicides, which fell from 22 in 2012 to 13 last year.