St. Petersburg's crime ranking has changed, but so has its rate
ST. PETERSBURG — While critics might emphasize how divisive Kathleen Ford was while on the City Council, Ford herself is stressing how good the city had it during her four years in office.
As a candidate for mayor, Ford rarely has missed an opportunity to note that city property tax collections have almost doubled since she left the council in 2001.
More recently, she has started stressing another alleged failure.
"When I left City Hall, our city was safer than Tampa and Miami," Ford said at a candidate forum this week. "Today the uniform crime rate in the city of St. Petersburg is greater than that in both Tampa and Miami."
We found it plausible that St. Petersburg could have a higher crime rate than Tampa. But Miami? The same place Gov. Lawton Chiles once was photographed in a bulletproof vest?
To remove any doubt, we crunched the numbers.