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Telegraph Today ranks Nevada City10th most dangerous city in Calif.

The Union staff

In ranking their “10 Most Dangerous Cities in California,” the Telegraph Today, an online lifestyle and travel publication, named Nevada City the eighth most dangerous city in the state with a violent crime rate of 12.26 per 1,000 residents.

But with a population of around 3,000, Nevada City was the only city on the list that had less than 9,000 residents on a list topped by Oakland, Oroville, Compton, Stockton and Desert Springs.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, a violent crime is defined as offenses that involve force or threat of force, and include murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

Violent crime rate is the calculation of how many violent crimes are committed per 1,000 residents a year. With a 12.26 violent crime rate, Nevada City is recorded as having around 36 violent crimes per year, averaging out to approximately three per month. In 2011, the Huffington Post also ranked Nevada City as the fifth most dangerous city in the state.

“The crime trends in town are all moving down. The average person coming here to visit or living here should not be concerned. There has been no homicide here in 10 years, thefts are down … Any concern over the crime rate would be out of proportion to reality.”Nevada City Police Chief Tim Foley

“The statistics that were quoted are tremendously misleading and skewed, because of the small population here in town,” said Nevada City Police Chief Tim Foley. “The crime trends in town are all moving down. The average person coming here to visit or living here should not be concerned. There has been no homicide here in 10 years, thefts are down … Any concern over the crime rate would be out of proportion to reality.”


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