RoadSnacks says their mission is to "try to paint a picture of what’s happening in a region based on “Friday Night Science” — how’d you argue at a bar."
When determining the most dangerous cities in Kentucky, here's what they had to say:
"While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the most dangerous, we didn’t want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI’s last three years of reporting. Specifically, we analyzed the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year.
Violent crimes are defined as rapes, murders, robberies and aggravated assaults.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people as of 2013, which is the last year the report was available. This left us with a total of 74 cities in Kentucky to rank.
Finally, we made 2013 factor more heavily than 2012, since more recent crimes are a bigger determining factor in how dangerous a place is. You can see our overall ranking at the bottom of the post."
We must note that this report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments. It simply states where crimes occurred most frequently
This is the list of the top 10 most dangerous cities, according to them.
10 Mount Sterling
Violent Crime Rank: 5
Property Crime Rank: 1
"Located just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Newport is the most dangerous place in Kentucky overall.
It may not be the most violent place, but since residents faced a 1 in 15 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2013, its overall crime ranking is pretty poor.
While their abysmal property crime has improved 12% in recent years, violent crime has seen a 17% increase – probably not a good trade in the eyes of most Newport residents."
The original article is here.