Real estate website: Warner Robins top 10 most dangerous small cities

WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Could you be living in one of the nations most dangerous small cities in America?

If you live in Warner Robins, a real estate website says you do.

The residents were in disbelief.

The officials said it was bogus.

When real estate website Movoto listed their top 10 most dangerous small cities, Warner Robins finished tenth, and those 41NBC spoke with weren’t very happy about it.

“I can’t hardly believe it,” said Warner Robins resident Patrick Wood.

“I find it extremely hard to believe,” said Warner Robins resident Jodi Daley.

It surprised these Warner Robins residents.

“I think this is one of the safest places I’ve ever lived,” said Daley.

“I know how statistics are. Depending on your standards for reportable crime, one city might come off bad, the other one might come off good,” said Wood.

And to them, it sounded a little fishy.

Warner Robins listed as one of the top 10 most dangerous small cities in the nation?

“People read things and they believe what they read,” said Warner Robins City Council Member Tim Thomas.

Real estate website Movoto listed the international city amongst its top 10 most dangerous cities with a population between 50 and 75 thousand people.

They used data from the FBI’s 2012 uniform crime rate report.

The overall crime rate of more than 6,000 crimes per 100,000 people in 2012 was high enough for Warner Robins to be ranked 10th on the list.

“It’s kind of bogus,” said Thomas.

Warner Robins City Council Member Tim Thomas says the report is invalid.

“I mean they only used 234 cities out of the entire nation, at a certain population,” said Thomas.

And Mayor Randy Toms agrees.

“I think it’s quite ridiculous, I don’t think it’s a legitimate source,” said Toms.

Both city officials mentioned Movoto had given Warner Robins good reviews recently.

“It’s the same source that voted us one of the top 10 cities to live in Georgia last year,” said Toms.

“Well a year later in 2013 we’re named the best place to live and raise a family by the same group,” said Thomas.

But Mayor Toms does recognize crime occurs in his city, and says he and other city leaders are working to keep everyone safe.

“And we had a decrease in crime last year so we are going in the right direction. I mean crime is crime and it’s going to be everywhere, and you gotta stay on it, and that’s why we have such a great police department,” said Toms.

A police department the mayor believes is helping Warner Robins remain a safe place.

The mayor also said they have already started to add police officers to the force,
to ensure public safety remains a top priority.

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