Nacogdoches Police blame error for high crime ranking
POSTED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 10:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 10:14am
Nacogdoches, TX — A discrepancy in crime statistics provided by the Nacogdoches Police Department and those offered by Neighborhood Scout in its listing of the “top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.” can be attributed to a likely miscommunication between the city and the Texas Department of Public Safety, a police spokesman said.
“We’ve been working on this for days, and we’re getting new information,” Sgt. Greg Sowell said. “We are looking at 2010 and, on the Uniform Crime Report, which is what’s published by DPS and the FBI, we immediately see aggravated assaults at 274. That is an obvious error to us.”
Sowell and other police officials began challenging that number after Neighborhood Scout published online a report that listed Nacogdoches at 99 of the country’s 100 most dangerous places, using data from the Uniform Crime Report. That organization cited the number of aggravated assaults reported by the FBI in Nacogdoches in 2010 to be 274, which Sowell believes includes simple assaults and others.
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