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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  • Hmmmmm

    I live chicago…and I know we are on this list. Just like how the state in california doesn’t let out there divorce rate (70%). Chicago is probably number 1

    • AJ

      Chicago isn’t on the list unless you count Gary. But Detroit is…SIGH

  • Alexandra

    Crime in NYC is on the rise. But the population here is like 8 million +

    • zy

      larceny and crimes of that nature are on the rise. murder’s been on a decline for a minute. the unemployment rates with have theft steadily rising if we don’t get more jobs around here soon.

  • S.

    You betta hide yo kids, hide yo wife… and hide yo husband cuz they killin’ everybody out hur


    I agree with Erica Van Ross. I don’t see the point of the ranking! Why can’t they just list the most dangerous cities or just dangerous cities in general?

    Why rank them when they are all dangerous?

  • LNicole

    It should be noted that St. Louis residents are appalled by this data. It does not accurately reflect the climate in our city. We are also faced with the fact that St. Louis City is independent of St. Louis County which means the data doesn’t include the suburbs and strictly urban areas. Of course the numbers are going to be inflated.


    Sad, my city is number 19. Sad because we have no employment opps, no hope, and now we actually rate on the bad list. SMH.