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24/7 Wall St.: America's Most Dangerous

3. Mobile, Ala.

5-year Increase in violent crime rate: 54.6%

Violent crime per 100,000 (2006): 393.5

Violent crime per 100,000 (2011): 608.2

Murders per 100,000: 11.3

Skyrocketing cases of aggravated assault caused Mobile’s violent crime rate to increase faster than all but two metro areas. The rate of aggravated assault soared 145.9% since 2006, the largest increase of all areas measured by the FBI. Despite the crime rate increase, Mobile’s Police Chief said earlier this year police officers are leaving the force because job security concerns after an initiative to raise sales taxes failed, causing strain on the police budget. The police chief, along with members of city council, expressed concern that the situation would get worse due to low levels of morale.

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