BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The latest numbers from the FBI are shining light on the Queen City's darker side.
The bureau's annual crime report says the City of Buffalo has the 11th worst violent crime rate of all major cities in America.
Last year, year there were 48 murders in the City of Good Neighbors, 138 forcible rapes, almost 1,400 robberies and more than 1,800 aggravated assaults.
Mayor Byron Brown says overall crime in the city has actually dropped by about 20 percent since 2005.
"Crime continues to fall. In fact, every month this year, crime is lower than the corresponding month last year. So that's good news for the City of Buffalo. And we're going to continue to work at it as hard and as smart as we possibly can," he assured.
The mayor also disputes the way the FBI reaches these rankings. He points out that Chicago didn't even make the top 25, even though there were more than 500 murders there last year.
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