Per Capita Crime in Your Neighborhood!

     This blog has been talking about crime and crime rates in the Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods this year.

                                           

     Just last month I declared one neighborhood the winner ( or the loser, out of the 83 neighborhoods that crime stats are kept) for having the most crime in the City in 2011, and many years before that  – South Middle River.

     But some residents of South Middle River asked me if I use the per capita figure ( how many crimes per population of the neighborhood), or just the raw totals. Truth is, I used the raw totals, so the larger neighborhoods probably would expect higher totals. So I went back to take another look.

     I used the City’s figures for population in neighborhoods, and although South Middle River had more total crimes than any other neighborhood ( 530 Part I Crimes – 2011), they actually drop to 5th place when you use the per capita figures – Congratulations?

                       The neighborhood with the most crimes per capita is …….

                              
                                                     
Progresso Village
     
     
This picture is Progresso’s neighborhood entryway sign, a few months back, when thieves stole the metal letters ( probably for the scrap value.)

     The neighborhood President, Bradford Cohen, says property crimes like the sign letter theft above is what’s driving up their totals.
 
     [Cohen is rather new to the President post in Progresso. He is locally famous for appearing on Trump’s “Apprentice” show, and numerous appearances on Fox News as a legal expert.]

                                                  
                                                             Cohen

     Cohen says he was “not surprised” that they hold the dubious distinction of  most crimes per persons in Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods. But he said he is glad that there is progress so far this year ( the neighborhood crime is down 2% over this time last year).

       Here is a list of some of the City’s neighborhoods and their per capita rate

     1.) Progresso Village –           1 out of 11 people was a victim of crime in 2011
    
2.) Flagler Heights –              1 …….. 13 people …
    
3.) Dorsey Riverbend –         1 ……… 14 people ….
    
4.) Central Beach –                1 ……… 15 people ….
    
5.) South Middle River –       1 ……….15 people ….
    
6.) Durrs –                               1 ……….17 people …
    
7.) Lauderdale Manors –       1 ………. 19 people …
    
8.) Melrose Manors –            1 ………..23 people …
    
9.) Melrose Park –                 1 ………..24 people …
    
10.) Middle River Terrace –  1 ………. 27 people  …

      … and just for comparison, some of the safer neighborhoods  …

          Coral Ridge  …….         1 out of 40 people was a victim of crime in 2011
           Rio Vista ……               1 out of 70 people ….
           Idlewyld …….                1 out of 76 ….
           Galt Ocean Mile ….     1 out of 125 ….
           Bal Habour ….              1 out of 320 …..
           Sunrise Intracoastal ..  1 out of 977…. ( they had no crime)..