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Alexandria makes list of most dangerous cities

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5)- When you think of notoriously crime-ridden cities places like St. Louis, Missouri and Oakland, California may come to mind. So for many, it may be hard to believe that Alexandria has joined these places on a list of the most dangerous cities in America. News Channel 5's Rachael Penton takes a deeper look at what's behind the results of a new crime study.

If you had to rank Alexandria on a list of America's 100 most dangerous cities...where would you rank it?

"I'd put us around say maybe 85," says Brad Austin.

"I'd put us I guess in the middle around 50," adds Katie Pierce.  

"Fiftieth percentile," says Al Smiley.

According to the results of a new study released by www.neighborhoodscout.com, Alexandria ranks as the 16th most dangerous city in the country, beating out cities like Compton, California and New Orleans- which didn't even make the list.

"I wouldn't call that accurate."

"I find that surprising that we would be ranked that high."

"I find that pretty discouraging."

The study is based on the number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents reported to the FBI. This includes crimes like murder, rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault.

"But the Alexandria Police Department says that when it comes to this survey there is more than meets the eye."

"Other agencies probably have a different reporting system then we do which can either pads their numbers or subtracts their numbers," says Lt. Bruce Fairbanks, with the Alexandria Police Department.  

Statistics used in reports like these can be skewed because of two reasons. One, there isn't a uniform system across the country for the way crimes are reported and two, police departments clear their investigations in different ways.

"We report all crimes. Our officers are trained on how to code the crimes properly and how to clear the investigation. I can't speak for other agencies," adds Fairbanks.

APD says that if there was one nationwide system for reporting criminal activity, Alexandria's results would likely be a lot different.

"I think you would find us comparable with other cities our size and not ranking down at the very bottom like this particular survey shows."

Most people in Alexandria we spoke with say they disagree with the survey and agree with local law enforcement that Cenla is a safe place to live.

"I feel safe."

APD tells us that according to their own statistics database, crime in Alexandria is down about 13% overall for the last two years.

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