Is South Bend Indiana's most violent city? Mayor says article is 'misleading'
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is pushing back after an article published this weekend by Business Insider claimed South Bend is Indiana's most violent city.
Mayor Buttigieg says the article is inaccurate and misleading and was based on a preliminary and incomplete FBI dataset covering six months in 2017.
He issued this statement to us:
"We have received inquiries about a problematic and misleading Internet report over the weekend. Unfortunately, it has led some to falsely conclude that South Bend the highest rate of violent crime in Indiana.
"The story was based on a preliminary and incomplete FBI dataset covering six months in 2017. That data included only three Indiana cities (Fort Wayne, South Bend, and Evansville), and the accompanying material specifically says that the data should not be used for rankings or comparisons between cities because of differences in data collection.
"Overall, the same FBI database shows that crime in South Bend is much lower than it was 20 years ago. It also suggests that violent crime in South Bend is on par with comparable cities in the Midwest, and lower here than some other Indiana cities.
"The full data from last year show a 1 percent drop in overall major crime here. At the same time, South Bend is experiencing a recent uptick in shootings consistent with national trends, and we are responding proactively.
"The cornerstone of our strategy for dealing with gun violence is the Group Violence Intervention, and we will continue to apply proven strategies for keeping our City safe. Cooperation from the community is also critical to prevent retaliation and break cycles of violence, and we rely on residents to share information with law enforcement to help keep neighborhoods safe."
Mayor Buttigieg visited the WSBT 22 studio to discuss the article. Watch that interview in the video above.