Police chief: East Point is a safe city

A real estate blog naming East Point as the country's most dangerous suburb isn't accurate, the city's police chief said Wednesday night.

"The city of East Point is a very safe city," Chief Woodrow Blue told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The numbers they are reporting are just not correct."

The Movoto real estate website states it used crime statistics to rank the county's 10 most dangerous suburbs out of 116. The website calculated the total number of crimes per 100,000 people annually for the year 2012.

With a population of just over 35,000, East Point had 4,267 total crimes and 12 homicides in 2012, Blue said. But those crime numbers nearly tripled using the formula for the website's list, propelling the city to the No. 1 spot.

"...East Point ranked first overall in terms of total crime and property crimes, at 12,061 and 10,863 per 100,000, respectively," the website states.

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While the south Fulton city still has a large senior population, it's a very diverse community, Blue said. The city now has several entertainment and restaurant options and hosts several events during the year, including a Fourth of July celebration.

To accommodate the changing demographics, East Point has recently added officers and several new patrol cars to its fleet.

"It's a great place to live," Blue said.

The other suburbs on the list include: Camden, N.J., Miami Beach, Fla., Midwest City, Okla., Miami Gardens, Fla., Clarksville, Ind., Glendale, Ariz., Tempe, Ariz., Jacksonville Beach, Fla., and Independence, Mo.

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