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(Mayor) Parker says city's ranking a real crime - Study puts Houston among most dangerous in country
Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 22, 2010, 10:10PM | BRADLEY OLSON

Posted on 11/23/2010 12:45:45 PM PST by a fool in paradise

Mayor Annise Parker lashed out at an controversial annual study released Monday that placed Houston among the most dangerous cities in the United States with a population of 500,000 or higher.

"Crime Rankings 2010-2011," published by CQ Press, ranks Houston's crime as ninth-highest for big cities nationwide, placing it on a list with the likes of Detroit and Columbus, Ohio., although the city has less than half the crimes per capita of those atop the rankings. Violent crime in Houston fell 8 percent during the first half of this year and was on a pace to reach the lowest rate since 2000, records show.

Parker said the data released by CQ Press are flawed because the publisher allows different cities to avoid counting certain crimes....

Parker... decided to speak out on the issue because of her role as chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Criminal and Social Justice Committee, said the statistics also can be misleading because they use some arbitrary boundaries to define cities and metropolitan areas...

Not everyone... seems to mind the rankings. Sugar Land, for example, now can claim the mantle of "Safest City in Texas" because of them. The Houston suburb, with its estimated 81,000 residents, was 389th out of 400 cities that made the list, putting it in company with Orem, Utah, and Troy, Mich.

...Ben Krasney, a spokesman for CQ Press, defended the use of rankings, saying it provides context that can help people evaluate what the crime rate in their city means.

...CQ Press calculates crime rate rankings by comparing the rate of murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft with national averages.

...This year, Houston registers only slightly higher than Dallas, and the reverse was true last year. San Antonio and Austin appear far lower on the list.

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: anniseparker; cqpress; crime; crimestatistics; cultureofcorruption; houston; lesbianmayor; revenuetickets; violentcrime

1 posted on 11/23/2010 12:45:51 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: a fool in paradise

It takes time to cull the Katrina “victims” from the herd. Things are starting to settle down, but we still have a ways to go.


2 posted on 11/23/2010 12:49:15 PM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: a fool in paradise

The former mayor, the idiot Bill White and the current mayor, Mayor Licket-D-Split both believe in shielding the illegals. Houston has too much of Mexico in it.

Hopefully the Texas legislature will pass a law like Arizona did and we can get some of the gangsters from south of the border out of town.


3 posted on 11/23/2010 12:51:16 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: http://www.freerepublic.com/pe

Followup to this article

St. Louis tops list of most dangerous US cities
AP ^ | November 21, 2010
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2631045/posts

http://os.cqpress.com/citycrime/2010/City_crime_rate_2010-2011_hightolow.pdf

Top 10:
1 St. Louis, MO (score 381.62)
2 Camden, NJ (374.33)
3 Detroit, MI (356.44)
4 Flint, MI (310.31)
5 Oakland, CA (308.29)
6 Richmond, CA (287.15)
7 Cleveland, OH (260.60)
8 Compton, CA (260.13)
9 Gary, IN (250.48)
10 Birmingham, AL (244.83)

Houston comes in at 45 (133.55)


4 posted on 11/23/2010 12:52:47 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: 1riot1ranger; Action-America; Aggie Mama; Alkhin; Allegra; American72; antivenom; Antoninus II; ...

Houston PING.


5 posted on 11/23/2010 12:53:33 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: a fool in paradise
Mayor Annise Parker should lash out against Houston's sanctuary city policy rather than the people who compiled the ratings.

Harboring illegal aliens, well, brings people who break laws to you city. Funny that.

6 posted on 11/23/2010 12:54:56 PM PST by 5thGenTexan
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To: a fool in paradise

Hey, N.O.’s loss is Houston’s gain wha’ahm sayin.


7 posted on 11/23/2010 12:56:01 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: a fool in paradise
Nope-

We won't look at what is causing the crime. We won't look at what can fix the crime. We will of course fault the findings and rationalize why it's OK to maintain the status qua. In 2010 that's called “leadership” in America.

8 posted on 11/23/2010 12:58:05 PM PST by Red6 (IMHO)
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To: Steely Tom

When HPD are sent out to write revenue tickets instead of addressing violent crime and property theft, the rates will rise. I was robbed at gunpoint this year, just up the road from where they were running a DWI/inspection stickers crackdown (multiple police cars and crew).

First officer I told listened to my tale and got the hell out of there. Second officer I told took down my report. Never did appear in the list of crime incidents (there is an online map).

While they’d been running a checkpoint operation there for weeks, after the report of armed criminals in the area, they pulled up shop and haven’t returned.


9 posted on 11/23/2010 12:59:31 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: a fool in paradise

I see Jackson Miss. came in 14th.

A news radio there used to say come night, it was the gun and knife show.

That was a scary place.


10 posted on 11/23/2010 1:04:55 PM PST by Jacktown
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To: Red6

Let’s bring E-Verify to Houston in case Strauss keeps his title: www.stopthemagnet.com


11 posted on 11/23/2010 1:06:35 PM PST by magna carta
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To: isthisnickcool

“Mayor Licket-D-Split”

That’s atrocious. You should be called on the carpet for that!

(: >)


12 posted on 11/23/2010 1:07:12 PM PST by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: achilles2000
It takes time to cull the Katrina “victims” from the herd. Things are starting to settle down, but we still have a ways to go.

Illegals and their American enablers are the main cause of crime in Houston.

A patrolman was gunned down by an illegal during a traffic stop recently. Normally, this is a capital offense in Texas, but the Hispanic jury decided to spare him the needle, which means he'll be out on parole in 20 years. It not the first time a HPD officer has killed shot by an illegal, but the first time in Houston a cop-killing illegal has been given a pass.

Also recently, a man was out dining with his family and noticed by a group of illegals who thought they recognised him. They followed him (and his family) out to the parking lot and gunned him down. He had no connection to the Gulf cartel - just an ordinary Joe, could have been anybody.

13 posted on 11/23/2010 1:08:14 PM PST by Spirochete (Sic transit gloria mundi)
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To: a fool in paradise
I don't have time to read the whole article but I'm wondering if the author mentions which political party has run these cities for decades on end.

Ha! Sometimes I say the craziest things.

14 posted on 11/23/2010 1:08:49 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: a fool in paradise

They all seem to be chocolate cities. Coincidence?


15 posted on 11/23/2010 1:09:05 PM PST by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: a fool in paradise; TheGrimReaper

There is a substation on Montgomery in the Acres area that is behind my neighborhood. So cops frequently come and go.

At the intersection of TC Jester and Victory, there was a car accident, a very obvious car accident. The cop car coming north on TC Jester turned right on Victory and completely ignored the accident in the intersection.

(shakes head)

Oy


16 posted on 11/23/2010 1:12:49 PM PST by RikaStrom (Pray for Obama - Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his place of leadership.")
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To: a fool in paradise
Mayor Annise Parker ... chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Criminal and Social Justice Committee
How's that "social justice" thingy working out for you now?
17 posted on 11/23/2010 1:20:35 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: a fool in paradise

Its a little misleading. Houston is high (the list I saw had Houston at 45th) — but Houston suburbs are very low (Sugarland is 389th, Missouri City 365th, Pearland 359th).

http://os.cqpress.com/citycrime/2010/City_crime_rate_2010-2011_hightolow.pdf

SnakeDoc


18 posted on 11/23/2010 1:27:29 PM PST by SnakeDoctor (Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum -- If you wish for peace, prepare for war.)
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To: a fool in paradise
U.S. Conference of Mayors' Criminal and Social Justice Committee

In my opinion, NO honorable mayor would serve on, much less chair, a committee with that name.

19 posted on 11/23/2010 1:27:43 PM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Menehune56
Well, chocolate or quesidilla cities...
20 posted on 11/23/2010 1:29:09 PM PST by RockinRight (if the choice is between Crazy and Commie, I choose Crazy.)
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To: achilles2000
It takes time to cull the Katrina “victims” from the herd.

My first thought on reading the headline.

21 posted on 11/23/2010 1:31:21 PM PST by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: Spirochete

More culling is in order ;-)


22 posted on 11/23/2010 1:32:14 PM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: SnakeDoctor

Sugarland isn’t served by HPD is it?

Houston’s crooks can still take the 59 highway into well-to-do Sugarland to commit crimes.

Houston has the crime problem, not the suburbs. Why is that?


23 posted on 11/23/2010 1:35:43 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: a fool in paradise

Geer, I wonder why? /sarc


24 posted on 11/23/2010 1:52:02 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: a fool in paradise

St. Louis, Camden, Detroit, Flint, Oakland...surely there MUST be SOMETHING these cities have in common to make them so crime ridden and dangerous. I just can’t quite put my finger on it!


25 posted on 11/23/2010 2:06:36 PM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: achilles2000

Yeah. Bush and Perry really screwed Houston.


26 posted on 11/23/2010 2:11:38 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Jacktown

That was a scary place.

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It is getting worse.


27 posted on 11/23/2010 2:17:48 PM PST by Psalm 144
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To: Jacktown

I see Jackson Miss. came in 14th.

A news radio there used to say come night, it was the gun and knife show.

**********************************

By the way, that radio program was canceled recently. The host was fired without notice or warning just before the November election.

But for Rush, the station is not worth listening to anymore.


28 posted on 11/23/2010 2:21:02 PM PST by Psalm 144
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To: achilles2000

Yup...This is the result of being kind to Katrina victims.


29 posted on 11/23/2010 2:28:30 PM PST by Revel
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To: a fool in paradise

Bookmark


30 posted on 11/23/2010 2:29:44 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: Psalm 144

They cancelled that radio show ? That’s too bad.

No wonder my husband couldn’t find it when he went through there recently.

I can honestly say I don’t miss Jackson at all. I stopped carrying a purse when we lived there. I was so scared I’d be robbed getting gas or going into a store. I carried pepper spray everywhere I went.


31 posted on 11/23/2010 9:09:01 PM PST by Jacktown
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To: a fool in paradise; RikaStrom
Here's a fact for Mayor Parker - Grim's first-hand experience, not a second-hand anecdote:
Homeowner awakened at 3:15 am (July 2010), looks out window to see 3 or 4 men disassembling vehicle in driveway. Homeowner calls 911, then steps outside with his little 9mm friend and, as the thieves scatter toward their getaway car, puts a couple of rounds into the rear of that getaway car.

Right on schedule, HPD arrives at 6:45 am to fill out the paperwork.

With a 3.5 hour response time, why would a criminal worry about police in Houston, TX?

32 posted on 11/24/2010 5:59:09 AM PST by TheGrimReaper (Save America - Fire a democrat.)
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To: TheGrimReaper

I knew 4 people who were carjacked in Houston in the year prior to Katrina with 2 recovered cars (one with a photo ID still in the vehicle) and zero prosecution. 1 passenger was even kidnapped in one of those events.


33 posted on 11/24/2010 6:17:32 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: a fool in paradise
I had an incident a few weeks back. A lady knocked on my door at night with a preposterous story, and I sensed that there was more to it than merely a crazy ghetto-woman needing a sympathetic ear. I sent her on her way with terseness (indeed, I had a gun in my hand the whole time, hidden behind the door as I talked to her), but later found out that my automatic outdoor motion lights had been unscrewed, even in my back yard. I believe it was members of her crew.

Now, my wife sees the wisdom of guns in the house. We were targeted!

34 posted on 11/24/2010 8:39:43 AM PST by I Buried My Guns (Novare Res!)
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