By Marvin Baker, a new weekly column in The Kenmare News
Posted 4/24/18 (Tue)
There was a recent report by the National Council for Home Safety and Security placing West Fargo as the safest city in
This news got a lot of air time on the Fargo TV stations, primarily because on the other side of 45th Street,
The council, in its press release, said statistics were compiled from recent FBI crime reports, and the cities were ranked based on violent crime and property crime.
The report, released Feb. 20, listed
Following are the rest: No. 3 - Williston; No. 4 -
OK! Fair enough. Statistics will vary from year to year. It wasn’t too long ago that Williston and Dickinson were at the bottom of the scale and Bismarck and
In that respect, we have to commend Williston and Dickinson both for their efforts in curbing crime.
But there seems to be a problem. Another list, of the most dangerous cities in
This report comes from a website called Road Snacks. Its statistics are compiled from FBI reports and how many crimes are committed based on local population.
This report was apparently compiled and released in January, so these numbers are for 2018.
So let me get this straight,
Here is yet another report, from a website called Home Snacks, that works with communities under 10,000 population to see where they stand.
Just a clarification, but in the most dangerous report, Valley City, Grafton and Devils Lake, are all under 10,000 in population.
Anyway, according to this list, Hazen is the safest community in the state, followed by Carrington,
Last year, Kenmare was the fifth safest community, but didn’t make the list in 2018. Edgeley wasn’t listed either, but neighboring LaMoure was ranked 23rd. Langdon and Cavalier didn’t make the list either, but Ellendale and Oakes did.
With this report, we can actually go a step further. Home Snacks rates the safest states also and
Most of us could probably accept that, seeing how
New Jersey is the sixth safest state in the nation, Kentucky is 10th Minnesota is 11th, New York 13th and New Mexico is the most dangerous state at 50th, with Alaska coming in at 49th.
Instead of finishing this op-ed, I think I’ll sit here this afternoon and dream up my own list of safe and dangerous.
It certainly appears that is how these lists were compiled. They don’t really make a lot of sense, other than we can probably agree on Hazen and Carrington being among the safest communities.
I would place
The point of all this is, there are people who will pull up these Internet sites and automatically make the assumption that Grafton is safer than Valley City or New Jersey is safer than North Dakota.
There are no disclaimers or fine print to indicate this is bunk. It is, apparently the gospel to someone who reads it and knows nothing about
The Fargo TV stations were all over
We can put this into another perspective. There is no doubt, the most dangerous city in