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Website ranks Warner Robins high for crime in 2012

Warner Robins police say they disagree with a national real-estate website that called the city one of the nation's 10 most dangerous small cities.

The website, Movoto, figured crime rates based on the city's population. Then they compared Warner Robins in four categories -- murder, property crime, violent crime and total crime to 233 other cities between 50,000 and 75,000. That's based on 2012 crime statistics reported by police to the FBI.

Movoto reports that Warner Robins ranked 10th on their list.

That puts them behind Wilmington, Delaware; Canton, Ohio; Jackson,Tenn.; Rocky Mount, NC; North Little Rock, Ark.; Pensacola, Fla.; Daytona Beach, Fla; Homestead, Fla; and Lauderhill, Fla.

The website says, based on their calculations, the International City ranks sixth among those small cities for property crime,seventh for overall crime and 23rd for its murder rate. There were six murders in 2012 or about 9 per 100,000 people.

Because the study covers only cities between 50,000 and 75,000, most Georgia cities aren't included. So Macon, Dublin, Cordele and Eastman, which all have crime rates much higher than Warner Robins, are not ranked in the study.

Warner Robins police released a statement Wednesday that said, in part, "We do not believe a one-year snapshot of crime statistics is an adequate measurement of how safe a city is."

Their statement also says the FBI advises people not to compare communities based on crime statistics.

They noted that Movoto last year designated Warner Robins one of the 10 Best Places in Georgia.

Warner Robins police have not released crime statistics for 2013.


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