REDDING, Calif. - A lot has been made recently over an article posted online which lists Redding as the number one city where violent crime is soaring.
The numbers used in the report come from the FBI's uniform crime report which the government itself says should not be used for creating comparisons.
The numbers cover the time between 2006 and 2011 for the Redding Metropolitan area.
In 2006, there were 357 violent crimes per 100,000 people. In 2011 that number doubled to 726.1 per 100,000 people.17771140
Over the five-year period, the murder rate was 3.3 murders per 100,000 people.
Overall, that means that over the past five years, Redding has seen a 103.4 percent increase in violent crime.
Redding Police Chief Robert Paoletti responded to the story by saying the statistics were misleading.
"When you rank something at a percentage increase, you are automatically at a disadvantage when you have a very low crime rate," Paoletti said.
"If you had a crime rate of zero and you had an increase of five, then you have a 500 percent increase," he said. "Did the Redding crime rate go up 100 percent? Yes, it did. Are we comparable nationally to high crime cities like Detroit or Sacramento or Stockton like this report portrays? No, we're not."