Statistically Baltimore's real life crime figures seem to suggest the fictional drama matches the reality. The city is, officially, the second deadliest city in the USA – only in Detroit are you more likely to be murdered. There were 234 homicides in 2008 in a city which has a population of about 650,000. It was a 20-year-low, but still meant that one in every 2,700 people was murdered. In Britain that figure is about one in 85,000.