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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A 12-block stretch of the Auburn Gresham community is being called Chicago's most dangerous neighborhood and the 4th most dangerous in America, based on a study of 2011 crime statistics.

NeighborHoodScout.com said residents have a 1-in-9 chance of becoming crime victims, but Chicago Police say several other neighborhoods suffer more violent crime.

Residents of Auburn Gresham say that while statisticians debate whether it's the most dangerous neighborhood, there's no doubt it's a place where violence is a big problem.

Some in the community, say that those in the greatest danger are working the area's number one industry: dealing illegal narcotics.

"I think that most of the criminal activity that's going on right now, is related to drugs," says Cheryl Johnson of the Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation.

Block Club President Juanita Love has lived in and around the area for 44 years. She and her neighbors claim they've kept trouble away by employing a simple, but very courageous tactic.

"I come out [of the house] and stand," Love says. "More than likely when you come out and stand like that, they're gonna leave."

NeighbhorHoodScout.com says an analysis of 2011 crime statistics revealed Auburn Gresham is the most dangerous neighborhood in Chicago, but police said that it is not the most dangerous--at least, not now. It's in the 6th district, which so far, in 2013 compared to 2011, murder is down 47 percent, shootings down 17 percent, and total crime down 14 percent.

In a community where many have theories about the root of the violence, lifelong Auburn Gresham resident, Carlos Nelson, believes making more psychiatric services available would reduce the toll.

"I think a lot of these shootings…yeah, we're saying they're gang related, because they're in African-American communities or Latin or Mexican communities, that's not always the case," Nelson says.

The three Chicago neighborhoods to make the list include:

  • S. Indiana Ave./ E. 60th St.
  • S. Ashland Ave./W. 76th St.
  • S.Homan Ave./W. Roosevelt Rd.

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