As we wrap up another campaign season and head into the actual elections, there has been a lot of rhetoric about crime stats in Shreveport.  And depending on who you're listening to at the moment, crime stats are down.

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But if you do any type of 'deep dive' into "Dangerous Places to Live," Shreveport does not fare well... at all.  In fact, Shreveport made the Top Ten on two different studies I found.  According to their story, "Crime in America: Study Reveals The 10 Most Unsafe Cities (It’s Not Where You Think), Forbes reports Shreveport as the 10th most dangerous place to live.... in the country.

In fact, according to the Forbes list, Louisiana has three cities in the Top Ten. Out of all the cities in all 50 states, Louisiana has 3 cities in the Top Ten Most Dangerous Places to Live.

  1. St. Louis, Missouri
  2. Jackson, Mississippi
  3. Detroit, Michigan
  4. New Orleans, Louisiana
  5. Baltimore, Maryland
  6. Memphis, Tennessee
  7. Cleveland, Ohio
  8. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  9. Kansas City, Missouri
  10. Shreveport, Louisiana

Not good for the home team.... Forbes is quoting a study from MoneyGeek, a personal finance technology company, that recently did their annual analysis of nearly 300 cities with populations over 100,000 to determine the most dangerous cities, as well as the safest cities in America.

The 20 safest cities, with a population of over 100,000, according to the Forbes report:

  1. Naperville, Illinois
  2. Cary, North Carolina
  3. Murrieta, California
  4. Carmel, Indiana
  5. Frisco, Texas
  6. Amherst Town, New York
  7. Cape Coral, Florida
  8. Irvine, California
  9. Thousand Oaks, California
  10. McKinney, Texas
  11. Allen, Texas
  12. Lee’s Summit, Missouri
  13. Coral Springs, Florida
  14. Bend, Oregon
  15. Woodbridge Township, New Jersey
  16. Temecula, California
  17. Santa Clarita, California
  18. Daly City, California
  19. Meridian, Idaho
  20. Centennial, Colorado

One of the key issues in the recent mayoral forums has been crime. And every candidate agrees that we won't see an increase in businesses and families coming into our area until we get this vital problem under control.

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