DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - A study out in September, done by a home security company, has ranked the City of Denham Springs as the third most dangerous place in the state of Louisiana. It claims people have a one in 11 chance of becoming a victim in the city. But officials there believe someone needs to re-examine their information.
Renee Kozak has been a resident in Denham Springs for 17 years. She says the area is a good place to raise children.
"There's lots to do, there's always something going on. It's just a friendly place," she said.
Kozak says she was taken back when she saw what looked like a news article that questioned whether her city is safe or not.
"I saw it on Facebook," she said. "And I was like, that is silly."
The article, by Home Security Shield, claims to have used data released by the FBI to figure out where the most dangerous cities in Louisiana are. The report looks at property and violent crimes. Like its name, Home Security Shield sells home protection systems.
Kozak isn't the only one who saw the alleged study. Several other people were surprised Denham Springs made a list that Baton Rouge and New Orleans did not. One person responded by writing, "New Orleans has burglar bars."
Since the study came out, the police department in Denham Springs has been getting calls from residents wanting to know if the information is true.
One of the officers says they do not have a lot of violent crime and the study paints an inaccurate picture of the city.
Mayor Jimmy Durbin says years ago, when the state lawmakers passed a law for city's to keep complete lists of all criminal activity, he told the police department to track everything that came through. Including moving violations, shoplifting, vandalism and burglaries.
The security company says they use the same numbers as governments to calculate crime rates.
However, the mayor disagrees. He says without major crime, it's the minor issues that are being blown out of proportion.
"I know better," Durbin said. "We are a community with a very low crime rate."