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Crime Havens - The Future of Self Defense

Each year Morgan Qunito Press publishes the Most Dangerous States In America. Well the 2009 rankings are out and we've summarized the findings below. The rankings are based on numerous factors, with the most obvious being violent crime per capita. Did your state make the list? Our home state of Louisiana took home the dubious distinction as being the second most dangerous state in the country to live in! Now that's something to be proud of, even better both New Orleans and Baton Rouge ranked in the top ten of the most dangerous metropolitan areas to live in. TOP TEN MOST DANGEROUS STATES IN THE COUNTRY No. 1: Nevada Sadly enough, Nevada has held the number 1 spot for six consecutive years. Rankings in Crime (out of 50 states) (1 = Worst, 50 = Best) Assault: 8 Burglary: 8 Murder: 6 Motor Vehicle Theft: 1 Rape: 7 Robbery: 1 No. 2: Louisiana Our home state went from the tenth most dangerous in 2007 to second most dangerous in 2008 and we've held on to number two for 2009! Louisiana is the murder capital of the nation. Rankings in Crime (out of 50 states) (1 = Worst, 50 = Best) Assault: 2 Burglary: 3 Murder: 1 Motor Vehicle Theft: 17 Rape: 24 Robbery: 18 No. 3: South Carolina Ranked number three South Carolina has the highest rate of assaults in the country. Rankings in Crime (out of 50) Assault: 1 Burglary: 4 Murder: 5 Motor Vehicle Theft: 14 Rape: 10 Robbery: 17 No. 4: New Mexico New Mexico's has serious crime problems. Rankings in Crime (out of 50 states) (1 = Worst, 50 = Best) Assault: 5 Burglary: 9 Murder: 4 Motor Vehicle Theft: 7 Rape: 2 Robbery: 22 No. 5: Florida Tourist friendly Florida? The fifth most dangerous state in the nation is sure to feel the decrease in tourism as a result. Rankings in Crime (out of 50 states) (1 = Worst, 50 = Best) Assault: 6 Burglary: 6 Murder: 12 Motor Vehicle Theft: 11 Rape: 20 Robbery: 3 No. 6: Tennessee Tennessee ranks in the top five in both assault and burglary. Rankings in Crime (out of 50 states) (1 = Worst, 50 = Best) Assault: 3 Burglary: 5 Murder: 15 Motor Vehicle Theft: 18 Rape: 17 Robbery: 8 No. 7: Alaska Alaska is plagued with having the highest number of rape cases. There could be a correlation with alcohol abuse. Rankings in Crime (out of 50 states) (1 = Worst, 50 = Best) Assault: 4 Burglary: 34 Murder: 15 Motor Vehicle Theft: 16 Rape: 1 Robbery: 34 No. 8: Arizona Arizona made some improvement, as a result they went from number five to number eight on the dubious list. Rankings in Crime (out of 50 states) (1 = Worst, 50 = Best) Assault: 19 Burglary: 14 Murder: 8 Motor Vehicle Theft: 2 Rape: 32 Robbery: 14 No. 9: Maryland Maryland has the second-highest murder and robbery rate. Rankings in Crime (out of 50 states) (1 = Worst, 50 = Best) Assault: 9 Burglary: 23 Murder: 2 Motor Vehicle Theft: 6 Rape: 45 Robbery: 2 No. 10: Michigan Michigan has two of the most dangerous cities in America ini Detriot and Flint. Unfortunately, due to the extreme economic downturn in the state they are sure to move up next year. Rankings in Crime (out of 50 states) (1 = Worst, 50 = Best) Assault: 12 Burglary: 17 Murder: 10 Motor Vehicle Theft: 9 Rape: 3 Robbery: 19 We hope you were lucky enough to not see your state listed; but it really doesn't matter as crime in general is on the increase. Violent crime continues to spike, the combination of the economy, culture and drug/alcohol abuse. When can we expect things to get better? I don't see that happening. I see home and personal security becoming one of this nations number one priorities over next decade. Billions of dollars are already spent each year by consumers and business to protect themselves and investments. These amounts are likely to double or triple over the next ten years. Surveillance systems will become common place in homes, apartments, and town homes. As a way to deter crime as well as help to help catch and prosecute criminals. Advances in non-lethal self defense products will continue and taser like technology will be improved upon. Defense sprays such as pepper spray and Mace are likely to be present in nearly every household. If feared gun legislation passes and further restricts our second amendment rights, the non-lethal self defense product industry will progress at even faster rates.
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