Report: Lansing 80th Most Dangerous City in U.S.
Lansing ranks 80th in the country for dangerous crime. The finding comes from a report by Neighborhood Scout using FBI data.
So what makes Lansing so dangerous, statistically?
The city has 153 crimes per square mile, that's compared to the national average of 39.6 crimes. When it comes to violent crimes, Lansing has 10.32 crimes per 1,000 residents. That's more than twice the national average of 3.9. The report says your chances of becoming a victim in Lansing to violent crime--meaning a rape, murder, assault or robbery--are one in 97.
Property crime in Lansing is also higher than the national average. The report says that in the city, your chances of becoming a victim of property crime is 1 in 26.
"Violent crime will not be tolerated in the City of Lansing." said Interim Police Chief Mike Yankowski. "The Lansing Police Department is not standing on the sidelines. We're aggressively going after those involved in violent crime."
While the report has alarming numbers, Lansing isn't alone. Seven other Michigan cities are on the list, including:
Jackson was on the list in 2012, but isn't this year.
In 2012 the report ranked Lansing ten spots lower, so the city is moving in the right direction. That's thanks to smart police work, LPD's violent crime initiative and other data driven tactics.
"The City of Lansing is a safe community for all that come and visit, work, and live here," said Yankowski."Orlando, Florida, home of Disney, is number 67 on the list. Lansing is number 80. I don't think anyone in the country really believes that Orlando, Florida is one of the most dangerous cities in the country."
"Public safety is number one," said Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.
Mayor Bernero says an individual's behavior largely influences their safety and that law abiding folks have nothing to worry about.
"The best thing that you can do to keep yourself safe is do not be involved in criminal activity. If you are not involved in drugs, if you're not involved in a bad relationship, chances are you are going to live a long healthy life in Lansing. That's the reality," said Bernero. "I'm not ignoring the fact that we have homicide, I'm not ignoring that we have violent crime to contend with. I'm saying for the vast majority of our citizens, they will never experience violent crime."
So far this year Lansing has had 8 homicides. That's down from the 10 the city had by this time last year. Lansing had 13 homicides in 2012.
The President of the Greater Lansing Visitor's Bureau says people who visit the city feel safe. Jack Schripsema says safety is one of the top three things people look at when they schedule visits or conferences. Despite a record 4.7 million people visiting the Greater Lansing area last year, he said none of their meeting planners ever said one of them voiced a concern about safety.
"Lansing is a safe, comfortable environment," said Schripsema.
While Lansing Police say the city is safe, they are working to reduce the crime numbers. The city plans on hiring more officers, it has hired a cold case detective and regularly teams up with other agencies. The department is also looking into predictive policing technology.