Detroit Tops Forbes List Of The Most Dangerous Cities

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Detroit tops Forbes list of the "Most Dangerous Cities" this year for the fifth year in a row. What is encouraging is that the crime rate in the Motor City actually declined last year, despite devestating financial woes that drove Detroit into the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Crime affects the people of Detroit and the city’s reputation, employment, income and education. It needs to be contained and reduced to make Detroit prosper and make the lives of the people living there better. Detroit had 316 murders in 2013, a rate of 45 per 100,000 people. That 's the highest rate among cities with populations over 100,000. In 2013 Detroit also reported 14,504 violent crimes. That 's also the highest per capita rate in the nation, according to the annual report. The total is comprised of rapes, murder, robbery and aggravated assault.
The number of homicides peaked in 1974 at 714 and again in 1991 with 615. By the end of 2010, the homicide count fell to 308 for the year with an estimated population of just over 900,000, the lowest count and rate since 1967. However, taken in context by population, Detroit remains as a city with one of the highest rates per capita for homicide in the United States. In April 2008, the city unveiled a $300-million stimulus plan to create jobs and revitalize neighborhoods, financed by city bonds and paid for by earmarking about 15% of the wagering tax. Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Police Chief Chester Logan announced at a press…

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