Police Chief: Huntsville should not be listed on ‘Top 10 Most Dangerous City Report’

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- The Rocket City has many of which to be proud,  but landing at number 10 on a list of the most dangerous cities in Alabama is not one of them.

The recent report by Movoto Real Estate claims you have a one-in-17 chance of being a crime victim inside the Huntsville city limits.

But Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris says the data the group used is inaccurate and incomplete.

"Just counting the numbers does not give you an accurate picture. It is really not actual crime, it is reported crime they are using," Morris says.

In compiling the list, researchers used crime data from the 2012 FBI crime report that includes information on  dangerous crimes like murders, rapes and robberies. The statistics were then looked at on a per capita basis to determine where the 52 cities in the state ranked.

"Huntsville absolutely does not belong on this list," Chief Morris said.

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In 2012, according to the report, Huntsville had the eighth highest number of violent crimes per capita. The majority of these were assaults, but this also included the 16th most murders per capita.

Chief Morris says those numbers are misleading and can't be ranked or compared with any other city because not everyone reports crimes the same way in the state, at least not in 2012, the time frame the survey data represents. Morris says only after 2012 did the state force all police agencies to begin reporting crime in the same manner, Huntsville reports all reported crimes, even if they turn out to not be an actual crime, something Morris believes skewed the numbers against his agency.

Anniston came in the top spot, followed by Bessemer, Fairfield, Selma and Prichard.

Birmingham, Opelika, Talladega and Troy all ranked higher than Huntsville.

Muscle Shoals and Decatur ranked 20 and 21, respectively.

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