Springfield is getting national recognition but it’s not for a good reason.
A report put Springfield at number 10 on a list of dangerous mid-sized cities, not a surprise to some people.
“Usually, I’m in the house before 10:00 at night. I wouldn’t walk around downtown past 8:00, 9:00. It’s too dangerous. There’s just a lot of stabbings, shootings,” said Augustin Vives of Springfield.
The Law Street Media report analyzed FBI data from January through June in both 2012 and 2013.
According to the report, Springfield’s crime increase in most areas, most notably, murder by 83%.
The report also found Springfield’s Aggravated Assaults dropped by more than 7%, although the total crime increase by 6.43%.
Springfield Police Spokesman John Delaney disputed the report’s findings telling 22News that’s “old data,” and that their more recent analysis shows overall crime is down, and residents should know police are working everyday to keep them safe.
Something some people say they already know.
“I think the cops are doing the best that they can. You know with what they have,” said Springfield’s Anthony Ellison.
The report compared cities with similar population.
While some residents expect to see Springfield on the list, they look forward to the day it’s not.
“It’s crazy how everything’s just, everyone killing everyone and I think it’s getting higher and higher everyday and I would love for it to stop,” Tina Crespo of Springfield said.
Three Connecticut communities also made the list: New Haven, Hartford and Bridgeport.