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OC MD Officials Dispute "Most Dangerous" Ranking

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - Not Baltimore, or one of the DC suburbs, but Ocean City is the most dangerous place in Maryland, at least according to real estate website Movoto.com.

The site's ranking of the safest places in Maryland says people in Ocean City have a 1:77 chance of falling victim to violent crime.  For falling victim to all crime, there's a 1:5 chance.     

The report has some visitor in shock.  "It's kind of alarming," says Afia, visiting from Columbia, Maryland.

Jenn Stinchcomb, riding a bike on the boardwalk with her kids while on spring break said "it seemed every time we come here it's a lot of families...it's a lot of very nice people."

In fact, Ocean City was recently ranked by CNN as one of the the 15 best places for kids to visit.

Movoto says the list together using the FBI's latest crime report from 2012 gathering information from 35 places in Maryland with populations of 5,000 people or more.  One thing they don't include...
 
"We don't take into account, fluctuations in population...or who's actually committing the crime,
" says Randy Nelson, Content Creator for Movoto Real Estate .

Town officials say that is a crucial misstep.  In response to the ranking, Ocean City Mayor released the following statement:

"The Movoto list is highly misleading and frankly, inaccurate. Instead of factoring in our nearly 8 million visitors, it based the crime to our resident ratio on a year-round population of just 7,000. Our population rises to about 300,000 people from May to September. Had those statistics been considered, the results would prove the safety and low crime rate of Ocean City. We take tremendous pride in our public safety and actually experienced a 13 percent decrease in criminal offenses in 2013. We are a safe family-friendly resort and we find the "hitch or hang up" in Movoto's list irresponsible and incorrect."

According to Ocean City Police, crime actually dropped about 13 percent last year, and with a busy boardwalk in April, and the summer season coming up, they hope to keep it that way.

"The strategy is to keep people as safe as we possibly can," says Chief Bazzurro.

Interestingly enough, the most dangerous place in Maryland is only a couple of miles away from the second safest: that's Ocean Pines.

Ocean city isn't the only place on The Shore listed as one of the most dangerous in Maryland, both Salisbury and Cambridge are among most dangerous five.

 

 

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