Baltimore Named Among the Country’s Most Dangerous Cities

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Courtesy of Citybizlist – Newark, N.J., Atlanta and Baltimore are among the most dangerous cities in the U.S., CNNMoney reported, citing CQ Press’ annual analysis of FBI data.

The rate of violent crime in Newark rose by more than 11% in 2011 compared with 2010. Street crimes increased, with robberies up 23%. Its robbery rate was the third highest.

In Atlanta, aggravated assaults, typically attacks with deadly weapons, were up 3% since 2010, to the fifth-highest rate among U.S. cities. Robberies increased even more, up 8%. However, there were five fewer murders in 2011 and property crimes edged slightly lower.

Baltimore has seen an increase in gang-related activity over the past several years. The city recorded 196 murders in 2011, the fifth-highest murder rate in the nation, and roughly 70% of the victims were involved in the drug trade, according to the Baltimore Police Department. It was also in the top 10 for both robberies and assaults.

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