Earlier this year, a website caused quite a stir when it ranked York City 18th on its list of the "Top 100 Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S."

That put us ahead of Chicago, with its current epidemic of homicides, and worse than Miami and Baltimore.

We called bull, and the FBI backed us up.

Location Inc.'s NeighborhoodScout.com produced its ranking based on the FBI's 2011 Uniform Crime Report statistics.

But an FBI spokesman said such rankings "lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting cities and counties, along with their residents."

In fact, statistics from all of the UCR categories -- not just the ones NeighborhoodScout.com relied on -- show overall crime in York has dropped 15 percent. Violent crimes alone decreased 25 percent in that time.



Of course York has its crime problem, just like every other city of similar size.

And officials know it.

While not as bad as Location Inc. would have people believe, police Chief Wes Kahley acknowledged the actual crime rate in the city is unacceptable. City police are working night and day to try to make our streets better, but they can only do so much. The citizens of York need to get more involved in their own safety and security.

See something suspicious?

Report it.

Witness a crime?



If that means protecting your friends and family from crime, why is it even a question?


We happen to think most people agree with us, although they might not want to be the first to step out from behind their closed curtains.

That's the point of Tuesday's National Night Out, a nationwide event to raise awareness about crime prevention and strengthen partnerships between police and communities.

Residents are encouraged to turn their porch lights on and gather outside to show solidarity against crime.

This will be the 30th year York City has participated, and neighborhood associations will be hosting a variety of events between 5:30 and 9 p.m.

We hope every resident steps out to claim their streets.

Statistics can be deceiving, but strength in numbers is undeniable.