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Two Hudson Valley Locales Rank Among Most Dangerous In State

An armed robbery of this Newburgh Verizon store led to federal charges against two men.
An armed robbery of this Newburgh Verizon store led to federal charges against two men. Photo Credit: Google Maps

Newburgh and Poughkeepsie have the dubious distinction of landing on a top 25 list of "most dangerous places to live."

Newburgh placed second on this list by newyorkupstate.com and Poughkeepsie ranked 24th

Their newly-released crime statistics from the FBI include totals for murder, rape, robbery, burglary and other crimes across Upstate New York, and provide a glimpse into which cities suffer from higher crime rates than others.

The 2016 data, which is the latest available, breaks crime into two categories: violent crime and property crime. With each city is listed its crime score, population, total violent and property crimes, total murders and burglaries and its ranking on last year's list of "most dangerous

NewYorkUpstate.com ranked the 25 most dangerous cities and towns with populations above 5,000 using a "crime score" by aggregating crime counts for each city.

They standardized the number of crimes per capita, then they weighed violent crimes at 80 percent and property crimes at 20 percent, as violent crime is often of greater concern to residents.cities.

Newburgh placed second with a crime score of 1,773, just behind Niagara Falls and one slot ahead of Buffalo. Newburgh reported 403 violent crimes including six murders. It had 885 property crimes and 206 burglaries. The ranking was up two notches from the previous year.

Poughkeepsie placed 24th with a crime score of 1,014. The city reported 234 violent crimes including three murders. It had 599 property crimes and 129 burglaries. The good news is Poughkeepsie's ranking was five slots worse -- at 19th the previous year.

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