Po­lice re­ject study say­ing Fort Laud­erdale is not safe

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - Local - By Johnny Diaz South Florida Sun Sen­tinel

Is Fort un­safe?

Yes, ac­cord­ing to a new study called “Safest Cities in Amer­ica” by the fi­nan­cial web­site Wal­letHub.

Broward’s largest city came al­most dead last or No. 181 from 182 cities ranked in the re­port.

Po­lice, how­ever, don’t agree with that as­sess­ment and say re­cent crime fig­ures back them up.

For the list­ing, re­searchers looked at what they called three di­men­sions (home and com­mu­nity safety, nat­u­ral dis­as­ter risk and fi­nan­cial safety) and 39 sub met­rics that in­cluded the num­ber of mass shoot­ings, hate crimes per capita, un­em­ploy­ment, me­dian credit score and rapes and mur­ders. The met­rics were eval­u­ated on a 100-point scale and a score of 100 rep­re­sented the high­est Laud­erdale re­ally that level of safety.

In the home and com­mu­nity safety cat­e­gory, Fort Laud­erdale was No. 170. The city also ranked No. 169 in fi­nan­cial safety.

But not so fast, city of­fi­cials say. The Fort Laud­erdale Po­lice Depart­ment Tues­day is­sued a press re­lease high­light­ing a de­crease in crime.

Fig­ures com­piled by the Florida Depart­ment of Law En­force­ment show that Fort Laud­erdale’s crime rate fell 14.5 per­cent for the first six months of 2018 com­pared to the same pe­riod last year.

The depart­ment cited “proac­tive pa­trols, traf­fic en­force­ment and the use of tra­di­tional polic­ing meth­ods’’ for the down­ward trend.

Join­ing Fort Laud­erdale in Wal­letHub’s low safety rank­ings was Mi­ami at No. 131 and Or­lando at No. 164.

So, what was the high­est-rank­ing safest city in Florida? That honor goes to Pem­broke Pines at No. 29. Hialeah was No. 75.

The top five safest cities ranked were Columbia, Mary­land, fol­lowed by South Burling­ton, Ver­mont, Plano, Texas, Vir­ginia Beach and War­wick, Rhode Is­land.

The least safest city was Louis, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. St.

JOE CAVARETTA/SUN SEN­TINEL

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