Alabama September 07, 2016
Here Are The 10 Most Dangerous Places In Alabama After Dark
When it comes to crime, Alabama has definitely seen its fair share. Sure, this wonderful state is home to many quiet towns that are reminiscent of Mayberry. However, it’s also home to many cities where a variety of criminal activity takes place.
RoadSnacks.net researched FBI data to find out the most dangerous cities in Alabama. They determined this by looking at information from the FBI’s last three years of reporting (2011, 2012, 2013). They then analyzed the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report. This particular data summarizes the amount of property crimes and violent crimes each city faces per year.
According to RoadSnacks’ findings, the following 10 cities are considered to be the most dangerous in Alabama. Keep in mind, only cities with a population of more than 5,000 residents (as of 2013) were used to compile this list.
1. Bessemer - Population 27,240
According to statistics, Bessemer, which is located south of Birmingham, is the most dangerous city in Alabama. Its violent crime rate is a whopping six times more than the national average. In 2013, the city of Bessemer experienced 527 violent crimes. During this time, residents had a 1 in 50 chance of being attacked, raped or murdered. Bessemer is also an area where many cars and homes are broken into. Property crime rank: 1 / Violent crime rank: 3
2. Anniston - Population 22,648
In Anniston, most criminal activity occurs on the city's west side. In 2013, five murders took place in Anniston. Also during this time, residents had a 1 in 11 chance of becoming the victim of a property crime. Property crime rank: 3 / Violent crime rank: 2
3. Fairfield - Population 11,003
In 2013, four murders took place in the city of Fairfield. Also, during this time, residents had a 1 in 60 chance of being attacked, raped or murdered. The section of Fairfield that sees the most criminal activity is the city's north end. Property crime rank: 2 / Violent crime rank: 4
4. Selma - Population 20,094
Even though Selma's crime rate has dropped greatly over the years, the city still remains one of the most dangerous places in Alabama. And because Selma seems to be improving, many former residents are moving back. This historic city is located west of Montgomery and is best known for its involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. Property crime rank: 4 / Violent crime rank: 7
5. Lanett - Population 6,424
This tiny Alabama city has seen its fair share of property crimes. According to statistics, Lanett residents have a 1 in 13 chance of being robbed. Within the last decade, this city's population has significantly dropped. If you plan to visit Lanett, be sure to steer clear of the city's east side. This is the city's most dangerous area. Property crime rank: 5 / Violent crime rank: 6
6. Prichard - Population 22,350
According to the FBI, when it comes to property crimes, Prichard is the most dangerous city. And when it comes to violent crimes, Prichard has experienced many. In 2013, four murders occurred in this Alabama city. During that same year, city residents had a 1 in 47 chance of being attacked, raped or killed. Property crime rank: 13 / Violent crime rank: 1
7. Gadsden - Population 36,610
Ever since 2010, crime has continued to increase in Gadsden. In 2013, Gadsden, which is located north of Birmingham, was the location of six murders. According to statistics, Gadsden residents have a 1 in 11 chance of being robbed. If you ever decide to visit Gadsden, keep in mind that the central part of the city is the safest. Property crime rank: 6 / Violent crime rank: 9
8. Birmingham - Population 212,000
Alabama's largest city is no stranger to crime. In 2013, 1 in 74 residents was a victim of violent crime. This might not sound like a high number. However, when you consider that a resident of Helena, Alabama's safest city, only has a 1 in 1,000 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, Birmingham's violent crime statistic is very high. Every year, approximately 1 in 15 residents are robbed in Birmingham. Property crime rank: 12 / Violent crime rank: 5
9. Monroeville - Population 6,327
Even though the "Literary Capital of Alabama" experienced three homicides in 2012, violent crimes seem to be decreasing. With that being said, property crimes still remain high. In 2013, residents had a 1 in 13 chance of being the victim of a property crime. Monroeville's population has decreased over the past decade, and this could very well be because of the city's property crime statistics. Property crime rank: 11 / Violent crime rank: 8
10. Talladega - Population 16,033
In 2013, Talladega residents had a 1 in 12 chance of being robbed. According to the FBI, crime continues to increase in this Alabama city. If you happen to visit Talladega, keep in mind that the city's safest area is the south end of town, and the most dangerous area is the central part of town. Property crime rank: 7 / Violent crime rank: 19
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As you can see, Alabama is no stranger to danger. Do you live in one of these dangerous cities? Did any of the cities on this list surprise you? Share your thoughts with us!
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