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Safety Website Places Humble and Bellmead in List of Most Dangerous Cities in America

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This week The Safewise Blog put together a list of the most dangerous cities in the U.S., and two Texas cities were highlighted – Bellmead (near Waco) comes in at number 10, and Humble (near Houston) ranked 12th.

Raising an eyebrow and wondering why major cities weren’t listed, Houston news outlets investigated the rankings further. KHOU says that Safewise used FBI statistics in a different context than some might expect. “The rankings are based on violent and property crimes per capita. Even though more crimes happen in large cities, they present less risk of becoming a victim when the rate is adjusted to population,” they explain.

Chron.com writes that Humble Police Chief Delbert Dawes wasn’t surprised by the ranking as the city with a population of 16,000 has made the list for the past two years. He says that even though there is crime in Humble, the study makes it look more rampant due to the low population even though the city “swells to a population of about 250,000 as people stream in for work, to shop or do business.”

Safewise’s FBI data reads: “Violent Crimes per 1,000: 9.53, Property Crimes per 1,000: 107.54” for Humble, and “Violent Crimes per 1,000: 10.15, Property Crimes per 1,000: 110.55” for Bellmead.