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McKeesport ranked as one of most dangerous US cities

McKEESPORT, Pa. — McKeesport has been named one of the most dangerous cities in the United States.

The National Council for Home Safety and Security analyzed crime data from the FBI and looked at population.

On its list of the top 10 most dangerous cities, the NCHSS ranked McKeesport at No. 4.

The ranking was based on crime rates per capita and cities with the most “significant increase in violence” throughout the year, according to the NCHSS.

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McKeesport ranked behind Florida City, Florida; Bessemer, Alabama; and Anniston, Alabama -- which topped the list as the most dangerous city.

Last year, McKeesport was investing more money into installing extra surveillance cameras around town. The city received $50,000 to do so.

"With today's release of manipulated statistics by, the public is subjected to fear-based marketing. Frankly, this site is using unethical scare tactics to sell products such as alarm systems," Mayor Michael Cherepko said on Facebook in response to the ranking. "The people of McKeesport are well aware of the issues we are working to rise above, but they are also aware of how we are achieving our goals. They know about all of the wonderful assets our City has to offer."

Watch the full report above from Channel 11's Mike Holden to see what community members had to say about the ranking.