If you've looked at the daily newspaper lately, you've undoubtedly seen the gray cinderblock of tiny text that proves one of the major growth industries in the city of Little Rock these days is jacking other people's stuff. While property crimes like burglary and larceny might not qualify as "violent crime," they'll sure make a victim feel like doing violence to someone else. We figure this city is about three stolen flat screens and a busted car window away from somebody going full on Batman. But where does Little Rock rank on the Rob-o-Meter when judged against cities with legendarily high, Gotham City-esque crime rates? A peek at the FBI's 2011 Uniform Crime Report (their most recent data), shows that aren't many burgs out there with more citizens willing to take the five-finger discount. Thank God for Pine Bluff.
Property crimes (defined by the FBI as burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson) per 1,000 population:
Pine Bluff : 81
St. Louis, Mo.: 80
Little Rock: 79.5
Flint, Mich.: 64.6
Washington, D.C.: 45.8
New Orleans: 40.3
Compton, Calif.: 29.35
Los Angeles: 22.4
New York City: 17.1
This is what we've come to: Fighting among ourselves over points in an obituary.
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