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.