The City of Monroe may have a major problem.
A recent study named it the most dangerous city in America.
The question is are these claims accurate, or is it just a false alarm?
How safe is the City of Monroe?
Depending on who you ask around town you may get different answers, but is it really the most dangerous city in the country?
One website, NeighborhoodScout.com says they can prove it, but city leaders say their numbers aren’t adding up.
“We’re very very disturbed about this but we’re not just going to take this lying down,” Monroe Mayor, Jamie Mayo, said.
He says city officials plan to disprove these claims with some research their own research.
“We’re not just throwing this out there to you all we’re going show you why this is not accurate,” Mayo said.
“We took a close look at the data that they use,” Monroe Police Chief, Eugene Ellis, said
Ellis believes the city may not have gotten a fair shake compared to other cities in the rankings.
“Not only do they include the City of Monroe, but they include other areas outside of Monroe,” Mayo said.
“One primary clue was the fact that they used not the City of Monroe’s crime data but they used the areas en-conferencing Monroe metropolitan area,” Ellis said.
City officials are claiming NeighborhoodScout.com used the crime data of the surrounding areas, but did not include the population of the people that came along with it.
“That included Town and Country, Swartz, Lakeshore, Richwood, some of Morehouse Parish and even some of Union Parish.”
Chief Ellis says all of these places share zip codes with Monroe but are outside of the city limits.
If this is the case, that would mean the data collected by NeighborhoodScout.com may not be completely accurate.
“We compared the numbers that they gave to the numbers that we gave to the FBI and none of them has matched,” Ellis said.
Ellis also says their 2018 stats is not precise because their research is based on 2016 crime data.
“Every number that they used as their most current information is wrong,” Ellis said.
Now the city’s leaders are planning to give a full report–in response to the website and to reassure residents that Monroe is a safe place to live.
The City of Monroe will host a round table discussion to discuss the findings of the report and a plan to make sure crime rates fall. The meeting takes place Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the Monroe Public Safety Center.