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Nacogdoches ranked 99 out of America’s 100 most-dangerous cities

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NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

The oldest town in Texas is ranked 99 on Neighborhood Scout's list of America's 100-most-dangerous cities.

"What list, yes at first look Nacogdoches, oh my goodness it's a dangerous place to live until you start looking at the numbers and know the true numbers," said Greg Sowell, PIO, Nacogdoches Police Department.

Nacogdoches Police Department officials have seen the less-than desirable report. Police spokesman Greg Sowell say it's seriously flawed.

"Its certainly not the numbers that the Nacogdoches Police Department has officially," said Sowell.

 Neighborhood scout says their information comes from the uniform crime report numbers that come directly from local law enforcement.

"These numbers that are on the website show nothing even close to what we have here, they're showing violent crimes as 330 we are at 213," said Sowell.

The website also lists 274 counts of assault, 44 robberies, and 10 rapes. City police tell us in 2011 their records show only 175 assault, 31 robberies, and 6 rapes. Nacogdoches residents we talked to aren't buying the online ranking.

"I think that the city is somewhat proactive towards it," said Ramon Stripling, Nacogdoches Resident.

They do what they can do and that's it," said Nelson Reedy, Nacogdoches Resident.

 Neighborhood scout is based in Massachusetts. Sowell thinks that may contribute to apparent inaccuracies. Another example the website's map of Nacogdoches includes areas that are not actually within city limits.

"You've never been to Nacogdoches, its hard to do you have to have some background of the general area," said Sowell.

Nacogdoches police tell us the ranking won't affect their approach to a safer city.

"We've had several changes in our way of doing business and we're all committed to reducing the crime rate," said Sowell.

 It's unclear how NPD's claims of statistical discrepancies would affect their ranking on the list.

 Nacogdoches police tell us crime rates in the city have actually dropped in the last three years.

 We've learned the city, chamber of commerce, and police department are all working to have the website's information corrected.

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