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Santa Monica Makes Dangerous Suburb List

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By Jorge Casuso

April 14, 2014 -- Santa Monica ranked among the top 25 suburban cities with the highest crime rates in the country, according to a list compiled by the real estate website Movoto.com.

The list – based on the latest available FBI crime data – ranks the upscale beachside city 24 among the 116 suburban cities analyzed by the website.

“There’s a perception that suburbs are safer that their big city neighbors, but the truth is that they can be dangerous places just like anywhere else,” wrote Randy Nelson, Motovo’s editor.

The website looked at rates for murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, theft and vehicle theft from the FBI’s uniform crime report for 2012,  the most recent available.

The categories were then narrowed to murders, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes and weighed per 100,000 residents to level the playing field.

The suburbs were then ranked in each category with 1 for the most dangerous to 116 for the least dangerous.

“We then weighted these results whereby murder, total violent crime, and total property crime each comprised 30 percent of the final score each and total crimes made up 10 percent,” Nelson wrote.

“The average of these weighted scores was used to determine the most dangerous suburb,” he said.

Topping the list is East Point, GA, an Atlanta suburb where its 35,155 residents faced a one in eight chance of being a victim of crime. East Point was followed by Camden, NJ; Miami Beach, FL; Midwest City, OK, and Miami Gardens, FL.
The highest ranked Southern California suburbs were Signal Hill, a suburb of Long Beach that ranked 13, and Inglewood, which ranked 18.

Santa Monica had 433 violent crimes and 4,158 total crimes per 100,000 residents, according to Movoto’s analyses.


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