El Paso "Safest City" Designation Called Bogus
POSTED: Monday, November 22, 2010 - 3:54pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 13, 2011 - 4:17pm
EL PASO - El Paso's ranking as the safest city in the United States is being called bogus at best by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
The group calls the rankings by CQ Press "a premeditated statistical mugging of America's cities."
"These rankings represent a gross misuse of FBI data," said Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Criminal and Social Justice Committee. "Everyone with the slightest knowledge of this issue knows the rankings are not credible. The FBI, U.S. Conference of Mayors and the American Society of Criminology all considered them bogus and damaging."
Crime experts say the rankings are unreliable because cities that are smaller do not include as many middle class areas as larger cities and arbitrarily get penalized. Also, cities differ in the degree to which citizens report crimes. Reporting systems vary from city to city and may unduly influence "safest city" rankings.
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