Locking your doors or snapping on the floodlights at night are a common staple of security in today’s world. However, those good old “Neighborhood Watch” systems might have to step it up a notch with the new assessment of crime in American cities.

According to a national study released Sunday by CQ Press, St. Louis is now the most dangerous city in America. The city had 2,070 violent crimes per 100,000 residents compared to a national average of 429 crimes. The Midwestern hot spot overtook Camden, N.J. on the list, which was named the most dangerous city  in 2003 and 2004, and has held a top spot since.

However not all Missourians were happy with the new ranking. Erica Van Ross, spokeswoman for the St. Louis Police Department, told AP that the rankings are “irresponsible.”

“Crime is based on a variety of factors. It’s based on geography, it’s based on poverty, it’s based on the economy,” Van Ross said. “That is not to say that urban cities don’t have challenges, because we do. But it’s that it’s irresponsible to use the data in this way.”

Here’s the full list of the top 25:

1. St. Louis, MO
2. Camden, NJ
3. Detroit, MI
4. Flint, MI
5. Oakland, CA
6. Richmond, CA
7. Cleveland, OH
8. Compton, CA
9. Gary, IN
10. Birmingham, AL
11. Baltimore, MD
12. Memphis, TN
13. New Orleans, LA
14. Jackson, MS
15. Little Rock, AR
16. Baton Rouge, LA
17. Buffalo, NY
18. New Haven, CT
19. Hartford, CT
20. Dayton, OH
21. Kansas City, MO
22. Washington, DC
23. Newark, NJ
24. Cincinnati, OH
25. Atlanta, GA

Want to know how your city ranked?  Check out the full list here.

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