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Every day it appears that criminals are finding new ways to access our personal information. This time they are using missing kids to scam people with good hearts.  Please beware of the phony missing children posts that are going around social media. These fake post usually have very limited information about a missing child . Law enforcement  officials are reporting that there are a few factors in the post that should make you think twice. One of the first red flags are the size of the cild. Second if the person posting does not include what school the child attends or the age. Lastly check to see if the profile posting was made recently.  Charlotte County Public Information Officer  Claudette Smith says, “That child’s not missing, it’s just a made up post to get attention on the internet, to go viral.”

Criminals who make fraudulent posts like these will add malware to the post you shared which means they can access your computer, phone or device.  Smith says  “That’s how you’re getting hacked, they’re gaining access to all your accounts, your personal information.”  Please take the time to read the post before you share it on social media. Truly missing kids will be posted on the sheriff’s office Facebook page.

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Which Florida City Made The List With Highest Murder Rates In U.S.

There’s lots to love about the Sunshine State, but we’re also notorious for the craziest crimes. One Florida city even ranked in the top 15 for highest murder rates in America. It’s not really a list we love to see Florida on, but we can’t say we’re not surprised with all the insane stuff that happens here.

Our friends at neighboorhoodscout.com ranked the top 30 cities in the country with the highest murder rates per 1,000 residents. They condensed their research by including cities with 25,000 or more people. They collected their data by the number of murders reported to the FBI to have occurred in each city, and the population of each city. The city population data comes straight from the US Bureau of the Census at the time of each analysis. For instance, the 2022 list population uses 2020 population figures. The 2021 list uses 2019 figures, and so forth.

There were 14 new cities making the list this year. “The newcomer on this list with the highest murder rate is Saginaw, MI. The number of murders in Saginaw more than doubled from the previous year.” Thankfully (and surprisingly) only one Florida city was ranked in the research.

Here’s the top 15 cities with the highest murder rate. Click here to see the full list. 

 

  • #1. St. Louis, Missouri

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .87
    • 13.4X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders: 263

  • #2. Petersburg, Virginia

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .72
    • 11.0X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  24

  • #3. Flint, Michigan

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .58
    • 8.9X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  47

  • #4. Saginaw, Michigan

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .57
    • 8.7X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  25

  • #5. Pine Bluff, Arkansas

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .56
    • 8.6X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  23

  • #6. New Orleans, Louisiana

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .52
    • 8.1X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  201

  • #7. Detroit, Michigan

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .52
    • 7.9X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  330

  • #8. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .46
    • 7.1X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  23

  • #9. Memphis, Tennessee

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .46
    • 7.0X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  289

  • #10. Wilmington, Delaware

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .45
    • 6.9X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  32

  • #11. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .45
    • 6.9X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  102

  • #12. Trenton, New Jersey

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .44
    • 6.8X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  40

  • #13. Cleveland, Ohio

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .43
    • 6.6X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  160

  • #14. Riviera Beach, Florida

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .43
    • 6.5X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  16

  • #15. Alexandria, Louisiana

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .42
    • 6.5X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  19