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Report: Birmingham ranked 7th most "dangerous city"

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Birmingham's been ranked the 7th most dangerous city by "24/7 Wall Street." 

The organization used data from the FBI's preliminary "Uniform Crime Report," released on June 3. 

The ranking is based on the 2012 number of violent crimes for every 100,000 people.  

For every 100,000 people, last year, there were 1,517.8 violent crimes. The numbers came straight from the FBI's UCR

The data reveals overall, violent crime was up from 2011.  There were 67 murders in 2012. Birmingham had 54 murders two years ago.  The forcible rape is down by 30 cases. Aggravated assault is up, slightly. 

A west-side Birmingham woman said she's moving back to New York because she feels unsafe. 

"It's scary," Danielle' Nicole Inge said. "The shooting is out of control." 

The Birmingham Police Department does not like the report, because officials feel the ranking is just an "opinion." 

FBI officials don't think using one variable or stat,  like violent crime, paints a true picture of how safe people are. 

Hilary Golston found out how folks in Birmingham feel about the ranking - especially considering the rash of recent homicides.

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