Oakland has reached number three on CQ Press' annual crime rankings for US cities with more than 75,000 residents, reported the Chron's inOakland blog today. This places Oakland behind Camden, NJ and St. Louis, MO — and ahead of Detroit MI, Flint, MI, and New Orleans, LA. It's two steps in the wrong direction from last year, when Oakland was ranked 5th, and one worse than 2007, when it was 4th. The new rankings are based on 2008 crime figures, while last year's were based on 2007. The new rankings also do not reflect the city's 13 percent drop in crime in 2009.