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Community sees signs of hope in reduced crime, despite ranking

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Data from the FBI’s recently released 2014 crime statistics have left two Mid-Michigan cities in the top five most dangerous cities.

But there are signs of hope for Saginaw.

“I think it's a wonderful place to live. We call it around here Sagin-awesome,” said Michelle McGregor.

McGregor runs the First Ward Community Center. She sees a lot of what happens in the neighborhoods, and she thinks Saginaw is a great place to live.

“I never experienced any crime here in Saginaw being a transplant from Detroit,” McGregor said.

Yet for another year, Saginaw has made it close to the top of the most violent cities in America, per capita.

But with only 845 violent crimes in 2014, compared to over 12,000 in Detroit, many wonder if those numbers are skewed.

“There's more to a city than just the numbers and we've made great strides in the city of Saginaw,” said Mayor Dennis Browning.

Browning said these lists don't reflect what the city is actually like. The list compares violent crimes to population, which Saginaw is much smaller than the rest on the list.

“I tell you, it is a safe place to live unless you're looking for trouble. If you're looking for trouble, you'll find it,” Browning said.

Browning said violent crime actually went down in 2014 and feels the rankings simply don't reflect what is really going on in Saginaw.

“With our arts, and activities, there's so much more happening in our cities than just our crime issue,” Browning said.

McGregor admits Saginaw does have an isolated crime problem, but likes seeing the city grow in a positive way.

“We say what we believe our city is. And if we don't want to be the crime ridden city, we're not. It's all perception,” McGregor said.

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