Report ranks Dubuque 6th on list of cities where crime is soaring

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A new report shows Dubuque ranks sixth on a list of the top 25 cities nationwide where crime is soaring. But Dubuque's police chief disputes that.

USA Today put out the list comparing crime statistics in 2011 and 2016.

Dubuque had a 56 percent increase in violent crime over those five years.

According to TV9's media partner KDTH, Dubuque Police Chief Mark Dalsing said those numbers are deceiving because there has been some changes in how the department classifies and reports crime.

USA Today does say despite the increase in crime, Dubuque is one of the safest areas in the country.

In the middle of the time frame used in the USA Today report, Dubuque dissolved its "Safe Community Task Force."

The task force started in 2009 after violent crime topped 350 incidents in each of the previous two years.

The task force ended in 2013 after the group made 60 recommendations and commissioned a study to find the root causes and trends of crime in Dubuque.

Those recommendations included requiring landlords to run background checks on tenants, holding parents accountable for kids who commit crimes and adding security cameras around the city