Neighborhood Scout: Daytona Beach has ranked among the Top 100 Most Dangerous Cities in the US six years in a row & as high as 20th in 2016

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- East Central Florida's three tourism destination cities do not fare well in the 2018 rankings of US cities with a population of at least 25,000 residents. Sanford actually comes out ahead of Orlando and Daytona Beach with a rating of 4, with 100 being the highest safety rating. Orlando has a rating of 3. Daytona has the distinction of being ranked a 1, the lowest possible ranking from Neighborhood Scout.

ORLANDO: Rating of 3
SANFORD: Rating of 4
DAYTONA BEACH: Rating of 1
Here are links to the annual rankings of the Top 100 Most Dangerous Cities in the US
97. Sanford
40. Daytona Beach
89. Orlando
20. Daytona Beach*
Daytona Topped Florida rankings as the most dangerous
97. Orlando
28. Daytona Beach
99. Orlando
33. Daytona Beach•
• Daytona topped Florida as the most dangerous 
81. Orlando
62. Daytona Beach
67. Orlando
34. Daytona Beach
69. Orlando
39. Daytona Beach
And in the category of what Neighborhood Scout categorizes as the Top 30 Murder Capitals of America, Orlando is ranked at No. 20.

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Here is how the search engine explains its success: Most city neighborhood crime data are incomplete and inaccurate because crimes are reported by individual law enforcement agencies, rather than by city or town, and many cities – even small ones – have more than one agency responsible for law enforcement (municipal, university, county, transit, etc.). Even FBI data are reported by an agency not by city or town, providing an incomplete assessment of city-wide crime counts. It is an agency-centric rather than locality-centric reporting method. If you use FBI data, you only get city-wide general counts, and only from one agency in the city, so it is generally incomplete for the city overall, as well as not specific to a neighborhood or address.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.