Carbondale in top 100 for most dangerous cities

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Carbondale ranks as the 95th most dangerous city in the U.S. according to

The website says it bases it's rankings off of mathematical algorithms and crime data from the FBI to rank the cities.

People that live in the city, have mixed feelings about the results.

"I can't believe it," said Lloyd Sarver.

Sarver has grown up in the area.

"I've always felt safe here," said Sarver. "Carbondale is actually a pretty low key little town."

But not everyone agrees.

"For people to think there isn't crime here, they're not taking the right approach to it," said Jim Eagleston. "Carbondale does have crime, it's like any city in the United States."

He says he knows about that crime first hand, as a victim.

"If you're in the wrong place at the wrong time, you're going to have issues," said Sarver. "I was robbed at gunpoint here, two years ago. The three kids that robbed me at gun point, robbed 5 other people the same night, so there is violence in town, it just depends where you are."

Jessica Routt says she walks her dog, and doesn't feel unsafe, but is always aware of what's around her.

"There's times when I've kind of seen people ride by a couple of times when I have my dog out or something I'm like ok, it's time to go inside, but I've never felt, oh I'm really in a bad place right now," said Routt.

Sarver says he thinks he knows part of the problem.

"A lot of it has to do with the students, it's a melting pot, you have students from every walk of life here, from every country just about here, and when you have that, you're going to have problems," said Sarver.

But not everyone is worried.

"My mom you know she lives in Mt. Vernon and she'll kind of be concerned from time to time, but I always tell her, I haven't really had a problem," said Routt. "I mean I don't know about the most dangerous, like I said I walk my dog at night sometimes and you know I come up and have people ask me for money, but I never really feel really threatened. I'm always aware of my surroundings, but yeah I haven't felt too bad living here."

"As far as having my children here, I have no problem raising them in the Carbondale area," said Eagleston.

Other cities in our area include: Kansas City at 34, Memphis at 19, St. Louis at 10, West Memphis at 3, and East St. Louis is the number one most dangerous city in the U.S. on the list.

Some of the people I talked to say they don't buy into the report. They say a red flag to them, is that New York City, didn't make the top 100 dangerous list at all.

If you want to check out the rankings visit the link here.

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