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Cleveland 7th Most Dangerous City

Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at 12:54 PM

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The city of Cleveland has moved up from the 12th most most dangerous city in the nation to 7th, according to a new study by Morgan Quinto Press. ideastream's Lisa Ann Pinkerton reports.

The study by Morgan Quinto Press measures individual crimes in cities and compares them with national averages to compile a city's ranking. In 2005, Cleveland's murder rate increased 33% over 2004. Auto thefts increased 20% and robberies rose 13%. However, incidents of rape are on the decline. Nationally, crime rates grew by an average of 5% or less.

Geoff Mearns, dean of Cleveland State University's Law School, says a single cause for the rise in crime, such as the economy, drug use or policing strategies may be hard to pin down since the data used is a few years old.

Geoff Mearns: Causes might have occurred years before...

The top three most dangerous cities in the report are St. Louis, Missouri; Detroit and Flint, Michigan. Lisa Ann Pinkerton, 90.3.