MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Crime has certainly been a key issue in the months long Memphis mayoral campaign.
"It's clear that we've gone from 5th most dangerous city to the 3rd most dangerous city," candidate Jim Strickland said during a recent debate.
Now, the FBI's newest uniform crime report ranks Memphis as the second most violent city in the United States.
Mayoral candidate Harold Collins released a statement following the report, promising to raise the number of police officers in the city, among other initiatives to combat crime.
"I don't care if you're downtown or Collierville," Memphian Coletta Nichols said. "It can happen to you."
New numbers don't surprise Nichols.
Burglars have hit her home three times.
"And stole Christmas things and food out of the refrigerator," Nichols said. "Just petty theft, you know?"
The new rankings put Memphis behind only Detroit.
11,399 violent crimes, per capita, were reported in 2014.
Those crimes include things like murder, rape, and robbery.
But Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and MPD Director Toney Armstrong were quick to dispute the data.
"The ranking does not take into account that, unlike some other jurisdictions, Memphis reports ALL crime," Wharton and Armstrong said.
"Memphis has a higher poverty rate than most cities and poverty is a significant contributor to crime," they added.
The FBI itself discourages using stats to evaluate the safety of cities or effectiveness of law enforcement.
But no matter the ranking, Nichols believes crime is something citizens cannot ignore.
"When we see stuff, stop turning our head and start reporting more things," Nichols said.