Crime ranking doesn't tell full story - WNEM TV 5

Crime ranking doesn't tell full story

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Dawn Goodrow is the owner of Dawn of a New Day Coffee shop in downtown Saginaw.

“It's not like you're walking into a coffee shop and you're going to get shot,” Goodrow said.

She's been in Saginaw for more than 10 years and says no way is Saginaw the fourth most dangerous city in America.

“Well, it makes me furious for one,” Goodrow said.

But according to the FBI crime statistics, the city is fourth on the list after Flint and Detroit, or is it?

Detective Sgt. Reggie Williams is with the Saginaw Police Department.

“Our department decided to do some research and find out where the ranking is actually coming from and it's not coming from the FBI,” Williams said.

He said the ranking system comes from media interpretation of the FBI's yearly crime statistics, specifically crime per capita.

But even on FBI.gov, readers are told not to put these cities in any kind of order based on the statistics.

“A headline is a powerful thing. When you say the fourth most dangerous city, and it's not like that,” Williams said.

Williams said the FBI information doesn't represent every city in America, and also uses some incorrect data.    

Though he does admit Saginaw has crime, he said it's not comparable to cities with more populated cities like Chicago or Baltimore.

“Saginaw has its problems like every city. But we don't deserve the mark of being the fourth most dangerous city in the United States of America,” Williams said.

And for Goodrow, she loves being a business owner in what many perceive to be the fourth most dangerous city in America.

“If you think it's so bad down here, you're the one who probably hasn't been here,” Goodrow said.

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