Milwaukee #10 on Forbes’ “Most Dangerous Cities” list

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Forbes Magazine is releasing its annual list of “Most Dangerous Cities” — and Milwaukee has made the list.

Forbes looks at cities with populations above 200,000 and compares that to violent crime rates. Detroit tops the list for the third year in a row — and St. Louis, Baltimore and Cleveland also made the list.

Rounding out the list is Milwaukee.

Alderman Bob Donovan says Milwaukee’s violence is a problem some have tried to cover up.

“We see burglaries, street robberies. This is largely localized to a number of neighborhoods that are dragging the rest of the city back,” Alderman Donovan said.

Based on 2012 FBI crime statistics, Forbes says Milwaukee’s violent crime rate is nearly 1,300 incidents per 100,000 people.

Last year in Milwaukee, 91 people were killed, and 508 were shot but survived. That’s the highest number since 2006.

“I don`t see any type of plan or vision or strategy to address these issues,” Alderman Donovan said.

Mayor Barrett has called for increased patrols and overtime — but for the folks at Visit Milwaukee, who try to attract tourists to the area the challenge is now fighting Milwaukee’s Forbes distinction.

“I think most people know that does not represent the entire city.  Any big city has those issues. We`ve never been told by a convention that they didn`t want to come here because they didn`t feel safe,” Wendy Strong with Visit Milwaukee said.

Strong believes there is one thing that could lead to a better outcome for the entire city.

“More jobs means less poverty and less poverty means less crime,” Strong said.

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4 comments

  • Nic

    If Republican leadership is all that’s needed, then howcome Scott Walker didn’t just wave his magic GOP wand when he was county executive?

    FYI, 1,300 incidents per 100,000 people translates to a 98.7% chance you WON’T experience violent crime in Milwaukee. That’s nowhere close to Detroit. But by all means, keep perpetuating the “Milwaukee is dangerous” myth… as long as it keeps you partisan hacks far, far away from my city.

  • Chris

    Just a quick thought…2012 was the first full year that concealed carry was implemented in Wisconsin. Now, I was told by several gun-toting friends of mine that concealed carry would result in less crime.

    I’m not trying to argue that concealed carry has grown the crime rate. Rather, I’m wondering: were they wrong? Did concealed carry fail to create a safer city?

  • Paul Peck

    Since Milwaukee has a fire and police commission that has more powers than any other civillian commission in the nation, and is empowered to make directives to the Chief that the Chief must obey under State Law, Bob Donovan is well empowered to direct the commissioners to enact a crime prevention program however past commissioners have been appointed without even interviews by the common council. If bob donovan is upset about the crime, he has no one to blame but himself and his fellow alderman for willfully neglecting the civillian oversight process.

    In fact, the the PARC report which was funded by private money following the frank jude beating pointed out that the civilian oversight board was well empowered but never used.

    The PARC report on how to improve the police following the frank jude beating was refused funding by Bob Donovan and the common council and when private money funded the study from the citizens of milwaukee, the recommendations which have been long standing are still refused funding by bob donovan who only complains that no plan is on the table. this is far from true


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