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Old 03-21-2010, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta (Sandy Springs), by way of Macon, GA
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I'm sure most of us here are aware of the "crime ranking" data sites and listings they have out there. So, in your opinion, what are some cities that you feel are "safer" than the rankings would have you believe, and what are some cities you feel are more dangerous than the rankings suggest???
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Old 03-22-2010, 05:28 PM
 
Location: the future
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Since im the lone respondent I feel more safer in Baltimore than I do in certain parts of pg county or D.C but at the same time I feel like even though Baltimore is bad should be far worse by the looks of the streets and the city
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Old 03-22-2010, 05:38 PM
 
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I feel that Atlanta is overall safer than the crime rankings and media tend to make it out to be, but I usually stay in the good areas (which do exist despite what many believe).

Cities that I felt are more dangerous than statistics and media suggest are Los Angeles and San Diego, since they are both ranked among the safest cities in the United States, but I have seen a large presence of thugs/gangbangers (they could just be posers). There were still areas in both of those cities where I wouldn't feel comfortable walking around at night.

Overall, whether you're in the safest or most dangerous cities, its really a matter of what part of the city you're in. A good part of a dangerous city is still safer than the bad part of a safe city.
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Old 03-24-2010, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta (Sandy Springs), by way of Macon, GA
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I feel that Atlanta is overall safer than the crime rankings and media tend to make it out to be, but I usually stay in the good areas (which do exist despite what many believe).

Cities that I felt are more dangerous than statistics and media suggest are Los Angeles and San Diego, since they are both ranked among the safest cities in the United States, but I have seen a large presence of thugs/gangbangers (they could just be posers). There were still areas in both of those cities where I wouldn't feel comfortable walking around at night.

Overall, whether you're in the safest or most dangerous cities, its really a matter of what part of the city you're in. A good part of a dangerous city is still safer than the bad part of a safe city.
I agree....I'm from Macon, GA which is barely mid-sized.....and even here the North Side of town headed towards ATL on I-75 is a completely different world and good bit of miles away from the economically depressed South and West sides of town which our rep as an entire area/city is based upon...
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Old 03-24-2010, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta (Sandy Springs), by way of Macon, GA
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Since im the lone respondent I feel more safer in Baltimore than I do in certain parts of pg county or D.C but at the same time I feel like even though Baltimore is bad should be far worse by the looks of the streets and the city
What are the rough areas in PG? I've always thought it was darn near all nice from listening to some "snobby" type of people I met from there at my first college.
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Old 03-24-2010, 09:29 AM
 
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What are the rough areas in PG? I've always thought it was darn near all nice from listening to some "snobby" type of people I met from there at my first college.
Mainly the neighborhoods inside the Beltway that are closest to SE DC.

Palmer Park, Capitol Heights, parts of Temple Hills/Marlow Heights, Suitland can be kind of rough.

It's much nicer outside the Beltway though.

You are right about the "snobby" reputation. I have family from the "urrea", and a lot of them live in PG. They can be quite snotty in their own funny way.
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Old 03-24-2010, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Pasadena
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I feel that Atlanta is overall safer than the crime rankings and media tend to make it out to be, but I usually stay in the good areas (which do exist despite what many believe).

Cities that I felt are more dangerous than statistics and media suggest are Los Angeles and San Diego, since they are both ranked among the safest cities in the United States, but I have seen a large presence of thugs/gangbangers (they could just be posers). There were still areas in both of those cities where I wouldn't feel comfortable walking around at night.

Overall, whether you're in the safest or most dangerous cities, its really a matter of what part of the city you're in. A good part of a dangerous city is still safer than the bad part of a safe city.
I think the sheer size of some cities make it difficult to assess crime. Seems like every day [or at least every week] a jerk is speeding 100+ on the freeway or city streets with 20 cop cars and helicopters in pursuit. Also every tv station is telecasting the event [which I find is incredibly fun to watch]. But when one realizes that 10 million people live in the immediate metro LA area these crimes & other crimes are put in their proper perspective\ frequency compared to other cities. Do other cities have as many car chases as Los Angeles?
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Old 03-24-2010, 10:35 AM
 
Location: LA, US / Malmo, SWE
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Crime Data at City Data only count Los Angeles City, which doesn't make up much of what most of all call Los Angeles. So there are tons of cities within Los Angeles County that doesn't count, like the whole eastside.
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Old 03-24-2010, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Pasadena
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Crime Data at City Data only count Los Angeles City, which doesn't make up much of what most of all call Los Angeles. So there are tons of cities within Los Angeles County that doesn't count, like the whole eastside.
Take a look at the city limits of Los Angeles. It goes from San Fernando to San Pedro [over 30 miles away] and from Woodland Hills to El Sereno [probably 25 miles] or Venice Beach to Watts [10 miles]. And the highest crime is within LA since all the poor areas are there. If the nearby cities that surround LA: West Hollywood\ Santa Monica\ Torrance\ Pasadena\ Glendale\ Burbank\ Alhambra\ Montebello\ Long Beach, etc were included than the crime stats would fall even more!
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Old 03-24-2010, 10:57 AM
 
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I live in SoCal. The main reason why so many car chases happen here is because they think they can get away since there are so many different freeways. Within 20 miles from me right now, I can think of 6 different freeways. I've been to plenty of other places in the US, usually just one major roadway. Most of the freeways here are 4 lanes as well. I know most elsewhere are 2. There are alot of car chases in Texas as well but SoCal is the mecca of car chases.

A couple other reasons are; it is a way to get into a gang and the crime from fleeing from the police is usually only a 6 month sentence. Of course if they hit a car, thats a different story but just fleeing from the cops for a few hours then giving up...just 6 months. I wish they would just kill the guy if he doesnt have a hostage, completely waste police time and slams the freeway where the dude is on.
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