Colonie again tops list of lowest-crime municipalities

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Colonie Town Hall

For the second year in a row, Colonie is ranked at the top of CQ Press' rankings for lowest-crime cities.* Also this year, the Glens Falls metro area ranked first among metro areas for lowest crime ranking.

Albany ranked #300 #317 on the list of lowest-crime cities (it was #300 last year). And the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metro ranked #73 on the list of metros.

St. Louis was ranked #1 for highest-crime. The Detroit metro area ranked #1 among metros.

CQ Press says the rankings are based on data from the federal Uniform Crime Reporting program. Here's an explanation of the methodology.

These rankings have critics. The FBI says it "discourages" such rankings and says they "lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting cities and counties, along with their residents." And the US Conference of Mayors called this year's rankings "a premeditated statistical mugging of America's cities."

* Yes, Colonie is not a city -- it's a town. CQ Press tagged it as such, not us.

(Thanks, Jess)

photo: UpstateNYer / Wikipedia

Comments

I didn't report when I got my bike stolen :/

Pine Bluff, AK ranked #2 behind Detroit Metro? Seriously? 50,000 people, compared to Detroit's million (+) in the metro area. I guess you get a few bar fights on a Saturday night in Pine Bluff, and your rankings go through the roof!

I accidentally made this point on another post, but it was meant for here:

This is the same group that says El Paso, TX is the safest large city in the US. That alone, for anyone familiar with their problems stemming largely from the border drug cartel crimes, would completely discredit their methodology.

And, as I did last year, I think ranking what is basically a suburb separate from the city with whom it shares more than a zip code set and Central Ave, is a bit silly.

Can someone send this article to the jerk who broke into my apartment and stole my wife's old iPod and my broken Blackberry?

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