Monroe #1 on top 100 dangerous cities in the country

Published: Mar. 2, 2018 at 10:55 PM CST
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Folks said they think Monroe is dangerous.

"I have seen my best friend die out on these streets," said Judy Melanson, a resident.

A new study says the same thing. ranks Monroe number one out of 100 as the most dangerous cities in the country.

The ranking is per capita, which is based on population. So, while Detroit has more crimes than Monroe - 45,000 to our 6,000 - our population is smaller. So, your risk of being a victim of crime here is higher. It says it's one in eight.

Others might not agree, but Theadora Estis said these numbers aren't lying. She's a real estate agent who worked for the city of Monroe and has seen crime stats like this before in her research.

"Most of the people who come to me, a lot of them are African-Americans, and they are looking for a better way, a better life, an escape (from the crime)," Estis said.

She said crime here has turned potential property owners away.

"A lot of people choose to commute in," Estis said.

But, Estis said there can be a way to turn studies like these around.

"When I was in South Africa, there was a saying, 'each one teach one,' so I think with young people having a lot of loose time, but no one is stopping them and teaching them to be a keeper of their neighbor," Estis said.

We reached out to the police department and the mayor's office to get their take on the study.

The police chief is out of the office, and there's no word from the mayor's office.

To get a full look at the study, click on the link to the right of the screen.