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Mean streets: US cities where the Miami tourist office hints that you may not wish to go

The new edition of Greater Miami News could hail a battle between US cities on how safe, or otherwise, they are. Boasting that robberies from tourists have fallen by 84 per cent in five years, the publication goes on to list six cities with more cases of recorded crime than Miami - which, according to latest FBI figures, was 50,000 in 1996/97:

St Louis, Missouri (51,000)

Honolulu, Hawaii (53,000)

Nashville, Tennessee (59,000)

San Diego, California (59,000)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (93,000)

Detroit, Michigan (120,000)