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Joplin: The tenth most dangerous city in Missouri?

An organization ranks Joplin the tenth most dangerous city in Missouri.  

The ranking comes from an organization that analyzes crime data nationwide.  But some worry numbers from Joplin could be misinterpreted.  Joplin police say the other circumstances that weren't considered in this report would've pointed to a different result.

"The Midwest at its very best" now means being the tenth most dangerous city in Missouri.

"It's hard for me to believe that," says Bud Powers.

"I still don't think it's true," says Don Blackmon.

A company called "Home Security Shield" said it looked at the most recent FBI numbers to conclude that for every 12 residents, one is likely to be the victim of a crime.  Home Security Shield is used by many organizations as a data reference, and the Joplin Police Department says Home Security Shield did use accurate numbers for this report.

But the numbers are so accurate, police say, that they can be misleading.

In Joplin, for every 1,000 residents, 81 people are likely to be victims of a crime.  That's calculating-in 50,654 Joplin residents.

"According to the Chamber of Commerce, our population increases pretty significantly during the daytime.  They claim our population goes up to about 250,000 during the daytime because we have a large influx of people coming to work, shop, coming to visit Joplin," says Lieutenant Matt Stewart with the Joplin Police Department.

"Most of the crime is done at night, I would imagine," says Power.

Not so, say police.

"Most of the crimes during August happened between noon and 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays," says Stewart.

So it all comes down to this:  They say numbers don't lie.


"It's how you play them," says Blackmon.

"We do have crime here.  However, I think Joplin is a very safe city to live in," says Stewart.

Click here for the full report by Home Security Shield.

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