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The Safest Cities in Idaho, 2017

Safest Cities in Idaho

Idaho’s claim to fame lies in potatoes, however, the first potato in America was planted in New Hampshire in 1719. Potatoes didn’t even reach Idaho until 1836. Still, Idaho produces approximately one-third of the potatoes in the United States. As a state, though, Idaho has much more to offer. The Idaho landscape is rugged and can be wild. It’s home to the deepest river gorge in North America: Hells Canyon. At 7,993 feet deep, Hells Canyon beats even the 6,000 foot depth of the Grand Canyon. In 1805-1806, while still a part of the Oregon country and jointly owned by the United States and Great Britain, this region was explored by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Idaho is known as the Gem State; as nearly every type of gemstone and more than seventy-two types of precious and semi- precious stones are mined there. Idaho is also one of only two places on the planet to find star garnets -- India is the other. Idaho even derives its name from a mining lie. A mining lobbyist named George M. Willing presented the name to Congress claiming that it was a Shoshone word meaning “Gem of the Mountains” and by the time they found out that it was an invented word “Idaho” had already stuck.

17,017 avg population
2.30 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
20 property crime rate per 1,000 people

Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.

1.  WEISER

Weiser, Idaho was named after Peter Weiser, an American soldier and member of the Corps of Discovery on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Weiser is the county seat of Washington County in southwest Idaho. Weiser’s community motto is “We Love Our Kids” which shows faith in their future, however, they’re equally proud of their past. Many of the town’s buildings, including the Galloway House, Pythian Castle, and the Union Pacific Train Depot, are now on the Historic Register. The town is also home to several parks and the National Oldtime Fiddle Contest and Festival.

5,321 Population
1 Violent Crimes
34 Property Crimes

2. REXBURG

Yellowstone and Teton National Parks are within an hour’s drive of Rexburg; outdoor recreational activities like fishing, hunting, and camping are common throughout all four seasons. The city founders recognized education and commerce as essential to building a strong community; in 1883, the first year of Rexburg’s settlement, they organized Bannock Stake Academy, the first primary school in the area. In 1888, just five years later, Ricks Academy was founded (eventually becoming Ricks College and, in 2001, became Brigham Young University-Idaho). With a student to teacher ratio of 15:1 in public schools, Rexburg is an ideal location to educate your children.

27,499 Population
12 Violent Crimes
181 Property Crimes

3. SODA SPRINGS

Soda Springs is home to the Soda Springs Geyser. The geyser was discovered in 1937 while a drilling operation was preparing to build a natural hot springs swimming pool. They struck the geyser and it shot 100 feet into the air. Now a timer activates it once an hour. It’s the only captive geyser in the United States. Soda Springs reported 3 violent crimes and 21 property crimes.

2,960 Population
3 Violent Crimes
21 Property Crimes

4. CHALLIS

Challis is located in central Idaho next to the Salmon/Challis National Forest and on the Salmon River. In 1876, Alvah Challis saw the area’s growing ranch and mining industries and knew there was a need for a supply depot. The Challis economy is still supported by active mines and many of its original buildings still exist along Main Street. Despite being a small, relatively isolated town in the Idaho mountains, Challis is the seat of Custer County. Challis had 2 violent crimes and 6 property crimes.

1,045 Population
2 Violent Crimes
6 Property Crimes

5. SALMON

Sacajawea (the Shoshone woman who acted as a guide and interpreter for the Lewis and Clark Expedition) was born near present-day Salmon, Idaho. Salmon is home to the Sacajawea Interpretive, Cultural, and Educational Center; their mission statement being, “...to foster the knowledge and appreciation of the Agai’dika Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, the Lewis & Clark Expedition, Western frontier life, and the natural environment.” Salmon reported 3 violent crimes and 24 property crimes.

3,013 Population
3 Violent Crimes
24 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Idaho, 2017

1. Weiser

11. Cottonwood

21. Emmett

31. Buhl

41. Sandpoint

2. Rexburg

12. Meridian

22. Bellevue

32. Moscow

42. Boise

3. Soda Springs

13. Wilder

23. Gooding

33. Kimberly

43. Jerome

4. Challis

14. Shelley

24. Rupert

34. Kamiah

44. Idaho Falls

5. Salmon

15. Parma

25. Mountain Home

35. Ketchum

45. McCall

6. Preston

16. St. Anthony

26. Wendell

36. Priest River

46. Cascade

7. Hailey

17. Shoshone

27. St. Maries

37. Orofino

47. Coeur d'Alene

8. Spirit Lake

18. Grangeville

28. Hagerman

38. Montpelier

48. Twin Falls

9. Osburn

19. Sun Valley

29. Caldwell

39. Payette

49. Nampa

10. American Falls

20. Rigby

30. Rathdrum

40. Post Falls

50. Lewiston

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Idaho, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000.


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.

The Safest Cities in Illinois, 2017

Safest Cities in Illinois

Illinois displays quite the range of cities, spanning from rural farmland to the bustling metropolis of Chicago. Chicago serves as a major international travel hub and is a melting pot of culture and culinary prowess. The rest of the state is what gives Illinois the title, “The Prairie State,” as farmland and rolling hills span as far as the eye can see. Chicago was where the world’s first skyscraper, the Home Insurance Building, was built back in 1885 - at 10 stories tall. Of course, that pales in comparison with what’s there today, including the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), sitting at 108 stories tall. There’s quite a rich architectural history to be told here, but most fan favorites take a different turn and revolve around the famous mob boss, Al Capone, who essentially ruled the city during Prohibition. Every year, Chicago dyes their river green for St. Patrick’s day - just for fun. The city is home to the largest public library in the state as well as the Art Institute of Chicago, Shedd Aquarium, and the Adler Planetarium; there’s no shortage of things to do in this city! Another major bragging point for the state is that it was the very first to abolish slavery, making it a leader in human rights. Many prominent figures in history were born here, including former presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan.

4 % of U.S. population
2.22 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
17.99 above average U.S. property crime rate

Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.

1.  WATERLOO

Classic brick buildings line Waterloo’s downtown area which is home to beautiful churches and restaurants with impressive culinary creativity. At the south end of the city you’ll find a long, winding creek, Schorr Lake, and a beautiful vineyard where you can buy their local wine. Their schools are very highly rated and one of the safest places in the state, making it a wonderful place to live. Each year, Waterloo hosts a Pumpkin Fest, a Homecoming fair in Courthouse Square, the Monroe County Fair, and a “Sister City” celebration honoring the culture of their German sister city - complete with a parade and marching bands.

10,224 Population
1 Violent Crimes
29 Property Crimes

2. WESTERN SPRINGS

Western Springs is an affluent suburb of Chicago with charm to spare. Most streets are lined with beautiful homes and immaculate landscaping, with parks or soccer nets or other areas for kids to play. The median family income is around $140,000, making it a prestigious place to live. Western Springs was home to quite a few notable people, including Brian Campbell of the Chicago Blackhawks, novelist Jonathan Franzen, and evangelist Billy Graham. Foodies are in heaven here and their recreation department is incredibly active, offering 50+ community activities to get involved in, encouraging a sense of community that is second to none.

13,359 Population
1 Violent Crimes
42 Property Crimes

3. WINFIELD

Winfield is home to one of the largest hospitals in the Chicago suburbs, the Central DuPage Hospital. It also has a stop on the Metra station, providing an easy commute to the city. When you visit, be sure to stop at John’s Restaurant and Tavern, one of the oldest taverns in the area, at almost 100 years old. Spanning only around 3 square miles, this city has a lot to offer - a forest preserve, a bike trail that runs alongside the DuPage River, and a beautifully designed golf course. The quiet neighborhoods are perfect for raising a family and the school districts are some of the best around. Each year, there’s a citywide garage sale, a comic convention, adult Easter egg hunt, and much more.

9,679 Population
3 Violent Crimes
27 Property Crimes

4. HAWTHORN WOODS

Hawthorn Woods has a lot going on. Every year, it hosts a Superhero Glow Run 5k, the Divas Half Marathon and 5k, the Shamrockers Ball, a winter carnival, summer concerts in the park, movies in the park, parades, craft fairs, and the list goes on and on. There’s a huge outdoor aquatic center for summer’s hot days, plenty of ponds and lakes in the area, an active parks and recreation department that offers a variety of activities throughout the year, and a golf course at Hawthorn Woods Country Club which was designed by Arnold Palmer. Their schools are ranked among the best in Illinois, with high graduation rates and most students continuing to higher education. It is not very densely populated, at 7,905 people in its 7.92 square miles with a median household income of $132,720, making it a prestigious city to live in.

7,905 Population
1 Violent Crimes
28 Property Crimes

5. CAMPTON HILLS

Another suburb of Chicago, Campton Hills is located in Kane County. It’s rather large, at 17 square miles, but with 11,366 residents it’s relatively sparsely populated. It - like the others above - is an affluent area with a median family income of $137,500. With farmland surrounding most housing developments, there’s a lot of wide-open space, including two forest preserves. The downtown area is quaint but close to bigger cities and their amenities. Campton Hills is actively pursuing the preservation of its natural resources, bettering its school districts, and maintaining family values, all while pursuing effective economic development.

11,366 Population
4 Violent Crimes
36 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Illinois, 2017

1. Waterloo

11. Mascoutah

21. Deerfield

31. Mount Zion

41. Hanover Park

2. Western Springs

12. Buffalo Grove

22. Pinckneyville

32. Greenville

42. Arlington Heights

3. Winfield

13. Lake in the Hills

23. Winnetka

33. Mahomet

43. Palatine

4. Hawthorn Woods

14. Bartlett

24. Cary

34. Morton

44. Lake Bluff

5. Campton Hills

15. La Grange Park

25. Wauconda

35. Burr Ridge

45. Hoffman Estates

6. Channahon

16. Clarendon Hills

26. Lake Forest

36. Prospect Heights

46. Washington

7. Willow Springs

17. Homer Glen

27. Monticello

37. Frankfort

47. Lockport

8. Manhattan

18. Northfield

28. Hampshire

38. Huntley

48. Hinsdale

9. Lindenhurst

19. Palos Hills

29. Roselle

39. Highwood

49. Lake Villa

10. Lakemoor

20. Lincolnshire

30. Wheaton

40. Glencoe

50. Lisle

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Illinois, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000.


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.

The Safest Cities in Indiana, 2017

Safest Cities in Indiana

Indiana aka the Hoosier state - a nickname still shrouded in mystery - boasts 1.1 million acres of land. Though the shoreline is only about 40-45 miles long, Indiana is still considered to be a Great Lakes state due to its northern access to Lake Michigan. The state enjoys four distinct seasons with summer temperatures averaging between 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit and winter lows around 25 degrees. Indiana's state motto is, "The Crossroads of America," an apt name since more major highways intersect in Indiana than they do in any other state. Besides highways, Hoosiers also share their state bird—the cardinal, or "red bird"—with six other states, Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Indiana is home to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which hosted the first long-distance auto race in May of 1911 and now is home to the world-famous Indianapolis 500, a must-see for any racing enthusiast. Another must-see is Brown County State Park - 16,000 acres of rugged terrain, hills, ridges, and ravines. And finally, here’s a fun fact: There’s a city in Indiana named Santa Claus and it receives over 500,000 letters around Christmas time.

2% of U.S. population
2.93 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
29.51 property crime rate per 1,000 people

Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.

1.  ST. JOHN

In the northwest corner of Indiana, 24 miles southeast of Chicago, lies the city of St. John. It is home to a population of approximately 16,430 residents and boasts very low crime rates. St. John is a safe city full of dedicated residents who care about their community and those who live in it. This cozy city contains local sports clubs and community organizations to make sure its reisdents stay active and engaged. St. John also hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. There’s an annual tree dedication on Arbor Day, a town-wide garage sale, and a Festival of Lights at Christmas complete with hot cocoa, cookies, and Santa train rides.

16,430 Population
3 Violent Crimes
87 Property Crimes

2. ZIONSVILLE

Living in Zionsville, Indiana means being part of a community that not only cares about its residents, but also its forestry. Zionsville is an Arbor Tree Foundation recognized Tree City, which means that they place high priority in the planting and caring for trees. Zionsville has a school system that has placed in the top five school districts of Indiana for the past 15 years. They have seventeen parks, and are only a twenty minute drive from Indianapolis. Zionsville is a great place to raise a family because residents get the cozy atmosphere of a small town without being too far from big city entertainment.

26,306 Population
22 Violent Crimes
101 Property Crimes

3. CARMEL

Carmel is located in central Indiana, just north of the state's capital, Indianapolis. Its population is 88,511 and it’s sister cities with both Kawachinagano, Osaka, Japan and Xiangyang, Hubei, China. The city boasts excellent schools, low taxes, safe neighborhoods, and and easy transportation. Carmel has replaced traffic signals and 4-way stops with more than eighty roundabouts—the most in any American city. According to Federal Highway Safety officials, roundabouts have greatly reduced the number of traffic incidents in America, and this has made Carmel very commuter-friendly. Carmel hosts a variety of fun events throughout the year, including farmer's markets in both the summer and winter months, an international arts festival, and Carmelfest, an annual 4th of July celebration complete with parades, live entertainment, and fireworks.

88,511 Population
13 Violent Crimes
874 Property Crimes

4. LOWELL

Lowell is a small city located in the northwest of Indiana. With a population of 9,429, it has the 4th lowest crime rate in the entire state. It's about an hour's drive from the bustle and excitement of Chicago, but maintains its very own small town charm. The city is home to the Buckley Homestead, a living history farm, where visitors can tour historic structures and learn about the traditions, culture, and heritage in farming in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This is the perfect destination for history buffs because they can participate in hands-on experiences and tours. Buckley Homestead also hosts events where visitors learn about things like tapping trees for maple syrup, 1850's baseball, and even the Legend of Sleepy Hollow told by Ichabod Crane himself.

9,429 Population
12 Violent Crimes
77 Property Crimes

5. FISHERS

Fishers, formerly known as Fishers Station, and prior to that Fisher's Switch (due to its proximity to a railroad train station or "switch"), is located in the heart of the midwest and 17 miles from the amenities of downtown Indianapolis. It has a population of 88,724 and with less than 1% violent crime and 10.62% property crime, the fifth safest city in the state. The city is home to a community garden, where residents can grow their own crops in a centralized location with other gardening enthusiasts. Fishers also hosts both summer and winter farmers markets (a great place to sell the crops from the community garden), springtime movies in the park, and other family-friendly events like father daughter dances and Winnie the Pooh Day. Fishers also has a wide variety of parks and recreational events to get kids involved in science, cooking, and arts and crafts. They also have local sports leagues and other events that cater to seniors ages fifty and up.

88,724 Population
21 Violent Crimes
942 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Indiana, 2017

1. St. John

11. Valparaiso

21. West Lafayette

31. Sellersburg

41. Greenfield

2. Zionsville

12. Brownsburg

22. Elwood

32. Highland

42. Plainfield

3. Carmel

13. Cedar Lake

23. North Manchester

33. Ellettsville

43. Boonville

4. Lowell

14. Columbia City

24. Garrett

34. Bedford

44. Washington

5. Fishers

15. Batesville

25. Tipton

35. Huntingburg

45. Bluffton

6. Dyer

16. Munster

26. Portage

36. Alexandria

46. Jeffersonville

7. New Whiteland

17. Danville

27. Bargersville

37. Gas City

47. Merrillville

8. Jasper

18. Nappanee

28. Auburn

38. Griffith

48. Mooresville

9. Westfield

19. Plymouth

29. Decatur

39. Whitestown

49. Warsaw

10. Chesterton

20. Tell City

30. Hartford City

40. Kendallville

50. Frankfort

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Indiana, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000.


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.

The Safest Cities in Iowa, 2017

Safest Cities in Iowa

When you think of a Midwestern U.S. state, you think of rolling plains, cornfields, open blue skies - essentially, Iowa. Iowa is mostly composed of small, rural communities with bigger cities here and there. The state’s name comes from the Ioway people, a Native American tribe that once inhabited the area. Both its east and west borders are completely formed by water, which makes it unique. Thanks to the seemingly endless rolling fields, over 25% of the state’s power comes from wind turbines, making them one of the more progressive states for renewable energy. Quaker Oats, the largest cereal company in the world, is headquartered in Iowa along with a few other unexpected treasures: the National Balloon Museum, the largest transcendental meditation sanctuary in the country, and Chows Gymnastics and Dance Institute in Des Moines, which is a mecca for Olympic gymnasts. Another unique place is the Grotto of Redemption, a collection of 9 religious shrines depicting the life of Jesus via rocks, minerals, and petrifications that are surprisingly large yet intricate.

1% of U.S. population
2.85 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
27% below average U.S. property crime rate

Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.

1.  ELDRIDGE

Eldridge is a small city of just over 6,000 people. Their primary industries have always been grain and livestock - consistent with most of the state. There were only 3 reported violent crimes and 15 property crimes. Their downtown is experiencing new housing developments and entertainment options such as a skate park, a recreation/fitness center, and an indoor trampoline park. Complete with highly rated schools, this town is one of the best places to live in the state.

6,288 Population
3 Violent Crimes
15 Property Crimes

2. HAMPTON

Hampton may initially seem like a pitstop on the way to your final destination.Lined with beautiful old brick facades, and small-town charm, Hampton is worth sticking around for a while. Their park is filled with flower trees and has plenty of room for familiy picnics and play. It hosts carnivals and a county fair that attracts quite a few big-name country music artists each year. Beeds Lake State Park is nearby and hosts water sports all summer long as well as hiking, camping, and biking. Progress Park offers a skate park, tennis courts, playgrounds, water slides, and much more. With all this activity, there’s no time for residents to get into trouble making it a very safe place to live. Fun fact: It was also home to the All-American Red Heads, one of the first professional women’s basketball teams in 1936.

4,314 Population
4 Violent Crimes
12 Property Crimes

3. WILTON

Wilton is a modest and quiet town. It’s also a very safe city - only 3 reported violent crimes and 8 property crimes. It has a library that also serves a community center and is home to Wilton Candy Kitchen - the oldest ice cream parlor in the world and quite the bragging point. There are 4 parks as well as an indoor swimming pool, playgrounds and various sports fields and courts. Despite its small size, it has its own school district which ranks 40th out of 320 schools in the state. Every year there’s a Christmas Lighting contest, a Founders Day parade, and the Eager Beaver 5k run. With tons of charm, this city is a wonderful place to live.

2,796 Population
3 Violent Crimes
8 Property Crimes

4. BLOOMFIELD

Bloomfield offers activities for all-ages, making it a family-friendly and community-driven. Its residents look forward to events like their annual Davis County Fair and a week-long country and old time music festival. Their courthouse is a stunningly beautiful piece of architecture and the rest of the town follows suit with original brick buildings dotted throughout town. Non-profit Bloomfield Main Street works hard to invest in and revitalize the community as well as preserve its old-world charm.

2,627 Population
4 Violent Crimes
9 Property Crimes

5. WAUKON

Located in the very northeastern corner of Iowa you’ll find the city of Waukon, who’s residents love their community along with their football team. Their downtown still looks like it did back in the 1800’s, with a rows of brick buildings lining each side of the street. You’ll find a lot of mom-and-pop businesses like the Empty Nest Winery, offering handcrafted, whole-berry wines that are fermented on site along with community events throughout the year. Pools, playgrounds, athletic fields, and even a lake are all a great draw for families. There’s a beautiful golf course on the east side of the city and you’re only a quick ride from some incredible views of river distributaries winding through ridges within the Mississippi River Valley.

3,766 Population
3 Violent Crimes
20 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Iowa, 2017

1. Eldridge

11. West Liberty

21. Cresco

31. Sergeant Bluff

41. Norwalk

2. Hampton

12. State Center

22. New Hampton

32. Tipton

42. Marion

3. Wilton

13. Buffalo

23. Pella

33. Camanche

43. Washington

4. Bloomfield

14. Vinton

24. Carroll

34. Shenandoah

44. Cedar Falls

5. Waukon

15. Story City

25. North Liberty

35. Ankeny

45. Winterset

6. Clarion

16. Hiawatha

26. Leon

36. Estherville

46. Osage

7. Garner

17. Dyersville

27. De Witt

37. Decorah

47. Monticello

8. Hawarden

18. Algona

28. Mount Vernon

38. Sheldon

48. Carlisle

9. Orange City

19. Johnston

29. Anamosa

39. Urbandale

49. Albia

10. Humboldt

20. Ogden

30. Bettendorf

40. Cherokee

50. Missouri Valley

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Iowa, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000.


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.

The Beginner’s Guide to Home Safety

Around 2.5 million homes are burglarized every year. That equates to about one house every 13 seconds. This is due in part to the fact that the majority of people take only the most basic of precautions to protect their homes. Homes that are burglarized often show signs that the house is vacant or doesn’t have a security system in place – which makes them the perfect target. Home safety should be your top priority. Home burglary can be avoided with a few simple, low-cost steps – including thinking like a burglar.

What motivates the burglar?

According to statistics, the average burglar is male and under the age of 25. They’re usually in some sort of financial crisis (debts owed, loss of a job, or drug addiction) and need a way out. Amateurs are more likely to hit houses they know whereas serial offenders typically choose strangers’.

Homes with higher incomes are obviously the more common target because they’re assumed to have more expendable income – and sometimes that makes them LESS likely to report the crime. Homes that are too nice or have substantial security systems in place are often bypassed.

When do they break in?

Contrary to popular belief, most break-ins happen during the day. The burglar is usually dressed in plain clothes and not scared to knock on the front door to see if anyone’s home. Summer months see more burglaries than the winter months, with February being the least likely for burglaries to occur.

How do they get in?

Most burglars start by wandering through a neighborhood, scoping out houses that are unkempt or provide good cover. An overgrown lawn or mail in the driveway is a potential sign that a family is away on vacation – making it easier to break into. They’ll also look for tall fences and bushes to hide them from prying neighbors’ eyes and easy-access doors and windows.

A burglar will also look for signs of an alarm system either in the form of a sign in the front yard or wires around windows. A seasoned burglar will know what each type of security system offers and will generally know how to disable it. Non-wireless systems are not much of a concern because they can be disabled by cutting the wires. This means that if the alarm is tripped it won’t be able to send a call to the police – no one will be notified.

Once they’ve decided to break in, they’ll look for an easy-access point. Unlocked windows, of course, are the easiest but not always available. Sliding glass doors are typically only locked with a latch or when those aren’t an option a center-punch tool to works to quickly and quietly break the window. There are even criminals that have admitted to climbing through pet doors on occasion.

If a burglar happens to trip the alarm he might run or he might not. Those that stay will likely find where the sound is coming from and either bury it under pillows or disable it. Sometimes they’ll even leave for a few minutes then walk by to see if a cop has arrived or if anyone noticed the alarm. If not, then back in they go.

Most burglars try to minimize their time in a home to 5-10 minutes. Their first stop: the master bedroom as this is where most people keep their valuable jewelry, watches, and cash. From there, the burglar will check the office or family room for electronics then most likely leave – through the front door.

What do they like to take?

Most burglars are searching for items of high value that can be quickly sold on the streets. When it comes to electronics (laptops, game systems, tablets, and phones it’s always a good idea to keep their power cords separate because it makes them harder to sell. Jewelry – of course- is small, carries significant value, and easy to find as most people store their jewelry in a box or special case. It’s always a good idea to keep any heirloom jewelry tucked away in storage and other valuable pieces in separate locations. The same goes for credit cards and ID’s as they can easily be used fraudulently, destroying your credit and costing you a significant amount of money and time.

How can I protect my stuff?

One thing you can do is inscribe your driver’s license number and state into an inconspicuous place on your valuable items. This way the police will be able to easily match the item to you. It’s also a good idea to take a picture of each valuable item and record their serial numbers.

Here are some small steps you can take to avoid burglary or help recover stolen items:

Jewelry & Watches:

  • Do not keep them all in one place.
  • Avoid storing them in the master bedroom.
  • Jewelry boxes are a dead giveaway.

Phones / iPads:

  • Always keep them locked with a password or PIN.
  • Activate “Find My Phone” feature on the device.
  • Write down serial numbers & unique details/inscriptions.

Game Systems & Laptops:

  • Store power cords separately; it makes them harder to sell.
  • Criminals do not like to do extra work to source new cords.
  • Hide in a locked cabinet rather than out in the open.

Credit Cards / ID / Cash:

  • Store in a file or, preferably, a lockbox or safe.

ATV’s / Mopeds / Vehicles:

  • Keep garages & outbuildings locked at all times.
  • Store keys separately from vehicles.

Large Electronics / TV’s:

  • Inscribe your driver’s license number and state into an inconspicuous place to prove ownership.

Valuable Items / Decor:

  • Take photos of each item and record serial numbers, value and pertinent details for identification.

How can I protect myself?

Here are some things you can do if you’re home and someone suspicious knocks on your door:

  • Make your presence known.
  • Don’t have to open the door; talking through the window is fine.
  • Call a friend and keep them on the phone with you so they can call the police if something goes wrong. Just the threat of you being on the phone will generally deter a potential burglar.
  • When you’re home, make sure you leave a light or the TV on; these are clear signals that someone is present and that breaking in would not be a good idea.

When you’re not home, don’t make it obvious:

  • Don’t advertise on Facebook that you’re going to the Bahamas for a week with your family; potential thieves see that as an open invitation.
  • Keep your house buttoned up so people can’t see into your house and what you have. The easiest way for a burglar to case your home is to look through a glass door. As pretty as they are, they invite prying eyes. Keep shades drawn and doors locked for the most protection.
  • If you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time, it is wise to hire a house sitter to stay there for a few nights to collect your mail, mow your lawn, and park their car in your driveway so it looks like someone is there.
  • Get a dog. The larger the dog, the more intimidating they are to the intruder. Bully breeds are territorial and more prone to protecting your family. However, a dog may also tell the burglar whether or not you’re home by their behavior. Don’t want a dog? Just a “Beware of Dog” sign is enough to deter some robbers.

See if there’s a Neighborhood Watch program:

Pay attention to and take advantage of your community. The more familiar you are with each other’s habits the more likely it is that you’ll notice when something’s not right. An active Neighborhood Watch can be a huge deterrent for potential burglars. If you don’t already have a program, you can start one by contacting your local police department and following their guidelines.

Home Security Systems – How to Get Started

Having an alarm system is a good way to step up your home’s level of security. Though it may seem like a daunting task, it can be tackled rather easily. Your local security company will assess your home and provide a quote as to how much it would cost to add the appropriate sensors and alarms. Often times, local businesses are affiliates of larger security equipment makers and can sell you their equipment and/or install it for you. Otherwise you can buy systems online or at large home improvement retailers.

Which type of home surveillance do I use?

First thing’s first. Do your research.

  • Choose a company or plan that offers 24/7 support.
  • Be aware of monthly support charges. Some companies charge, others don’t.
  • Read others’ Yelp ratings / video reviews.

Wireless: There are pros and cons to wireless alarms. Without wires, there are no cables for a burglar to cut to bypass your alarm. However, you have to keep an eye on battery levels and your wireless network connection.

Video: Consider video surveillance. If your house is broken into, having a visual on what the person looks like can help the police find the perpetrator. Also, if the burglar sees video surveillance they’re more likely to change their mind and run.

Audio: Any audible alarm with a siren is going to be a significant deterrent.

Video with audio: There are some cameras that let you communicate through a microphone/speaker system so that you can give instructions to the UPS man or let a potential thief know that you’re watching. A few types of doorbells offer video surveillance when they sense someone nearby. Most also let you communicate through them.

Fake it: If you can’t afford a home security system, that’s ok. You can buy fake cameras with lights that make the potential intruder think you’ve shelled out the cash for one.

App-enabled: Accessibility is important these days. If a sensor goes off while you’re at work, many systems can notify you on your cell phone. If video is installed, you can even monitor the video feeds from anywhere.

Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to do a combination of things if you want to cover all your bases.

  • Video surveillance at the main entrance is a huge deterrent and helps identify burglars.
  • Set a door alarm set on every external door and a window sensor on all main-level windows.
  • Consider sensors that detect breaking glass and trigger the alarms.  
  • If you’re going above and beyond, install indoor video in all major rooms. Not only will this protect from intruders going unseen but also lets you see what’s going on when you’ve got a babysitter. With an audio connection, you can speak with the people in the room and let them know that you’re watching or solve a problem for them from wherever you are.

Your home was invaded, now what?

  • Immediately call the authorities.
  • Let them know someone has been in your home.
  • Go to a neighbor’s house and wait for the police to arrive; you don’t want to be there if the burglar comes back for more.
  • Do not touch anything that the burglar may have touched because this would obscure potential evidence like fingerprints. This includes door handles, windows, and items that may have been moved or knocked down.
  • When the police arrive, tell them what is missing.
  • Provide them with pictures and serial numbers of the missing items.
  • Contact your insurance company and file a claim as soon as possible.

Taking basic measures to protect yourself is important and should not be put off. Burglars will typically avoid a house that looks difficult, so a little effort goes a long way.

1 The Safest Cities in Florida, 2017

Safest Cities in Florida

Florida is a state known for its long coastline and sandy beaches. It earns its nickname of “The Sunshine State” due to an average of 128 clear, sunny days each year (in some cities). Nearly 87 million visitors take a yearly trip to Florida, making it the #1 vacation destination in the world. The draw? Disney World and Universal Studios, of course, are major attractions, along with Sea World in Orlando, Busch Gardens in Tampa, and so much more. Nature enthusiasts love the Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, and the 11,000 miles of rivers, streams, and waterways. Art lovers flock to the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg and golfers find themselves at home with over 1,250 golf courses; more than any other state. The Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral delights visitors with a rich history and the occasional rocket launch. Those who crave a vibrant nightlife are not disappointed when visiting Duval Street in Key West, with shops, historic buildings, unique restaurants, and a lively club scene. Miami Beach offers a long stretch of sandy shoreline, but it’s only a small part of the 1,800 miles of coastline, of which 1,200 miles are (more) sandy beaches. The state flower is, not surprisingly, an orange blossom because the state produces 75% of the U.S. domestic orange crop. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder that it’s the 4th most populous state in the union.

6.25% of U.S. population
4.95 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
19% above average U.S. property crime rate

Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.

1.  PARKLAND

This city, tucked alongside the Everglade Wildlife Management Area on the east coast of Florida, is an affluent one that’s intentionally designed to mimic a park. With tons of character and charm, it has been an increasingly popular place to live, experiencing a population boom of over 821% in 25 years. The city offers impressive cuisine choices, an extravagant Chinese Lantern Festival each year, and visitors can see the everglades by taking an Airboat Tour in the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. There were only seven reported violent crimes last year and 186 property crimes.

29,242 Population
7 Violent Crimes
186 Property Crimes

2. WESTON

The city of Weston is a beautifully planned city in the southern part of Florida and part of the Miami Metropolitan area. The city is one of the wealthiest in Florida, with a median household income of $93,553, and their schools are some of the best in the area. They host all sorts of community events, including children’s performances, a “Totally 80’s Concert” and the Weston World Fest, where 20 different countries’ food and cultures are represented. It works hard to provide a family-oriented community where people feel connected and safe. Weston has over 70,000 people in 27 square miles. Last year, there were only 26 reported violent crimes and 435 property crimes. Those numbers defy the odds, as it’s generally the case that bigger cities struggle with higher crime rates..

70,022 Population
26 Violent Crimes
435 Property Crimes

3. MARCO ISLAND

Known for its tropical sandy beaches and playful dolphins, Marco Island is Florida’s biggest island. It’s in the Gulf of Mexico, on Florida’s southwest shore, just south of Naples. It’s home to 17,719 people and is a haven for anyone who loves the water. In the 1960’s, the island was redeveloped and given the ability to host tourists, which provided a huge boost to their economy and made the city a popular destination. Cabanas sprinkle the shoreline as people enjoy various water sports including parasailing, jet-skiing, and kayaking. With so much to do, there’s no time for crime. Last year, there were only 12 reported violent crimes and 136 property crimes.

17,719 Population
12 Violent Crimes
136 Property Crimes

4. BAY HARBOR ISLANDS

On the opposite side of the state you’ll find the Bay Harbor Islands. This city is comprised of two islands just off the coast of North Miami, making it a vibrant and fun place to be. It’s densely populated with 6,100 people in just 0.6 square miles. However, despite the population density and proximity to Miami it remains a very safe place with only 3 reported violent crimes and 63 property crimes. It is well-connected - a quick jaunt over the bridge takes you to the buzz of the big city. It also has its own collection of restaurants, coffee shops, bistros, boutique shops, and so much more. If you love mid-century modern architecture be sure to drive through the beautiful East Island, comprised of single-family homes built by famous architects of the time.

6,100 Population
3 Violent Crimes
63 Property Crimes

5. VALPARAISO

On the northwest edge of Florida lies Choctawhatchee Bay and Valparaiso. Compared to the Bay Harbor Islands, it’s sparsely populated, with only 5,230 people living within its 12.7 square miles. It’s a comfortable, small town with kind people and a relaxed atmosphere. Like most small towns, it offers events like Saturday in the Park, Mulletfestival, and an annual Christmas parade. There are numerous well-groomed parks and plenty of water sports. Only seven instances of violent crime and 48 property crimes were reported.

5,230 Population
7 Violent Crimes
48 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Florida, 2017

1. Parkland

11. Minneola

21. West Miami

31. Port Orange

41. Miami Lakes

2. Weston

12. Indian Harbour Beach

22. Gulf Breeze

32. Sunny Isles Beach

42. Coconut Creek

3. Marco Island

13. Oviedo

23. Lady Lake

33. Wellington

43. Lighthouse Point

4. Bay Harbor Islands

14. Punta Gorda 

24. Belle Isle

34. Edgewater

44. Surfside

5. Valparaiso

15. North Palm Beach

25. Cape Coral

35. Margate

45. St. Cloud

6. Tequesta

16. Port St. Lucie

26. Southwest Ranches

36. Jupiter

46. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

7. Sanibel

17. North Port

27. Safety Harbor

37. North Bay Village

47. Sebastian

8. Satellite Beach

18. Niceville

28. Venice

38. Coral Springs

48. Pembroke Pines

9. Cooper City

19. Key Biscayne

29. Fellsmere

39. Dunedin

49. Naples

10. Winter Springs

20. Palm Beach

30. Fernandina Beach

40. Lake Mary

50. Tamarac

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Florida, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000.


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.

1 The Safest Cities in Georgia, 2017

Safest Cities in Georgia

Georgia, the last of the original Thirteen Colonies, is best known for its peaches, but there are many other notable facts about the state. The Peach State actually produces more peanuts, blueberries, and pecans than it does peaches. There are still plenty of peaches, though. This ninth most populous state in the union is loaded with unique geography, including the Okefenokee Swamp, which encompasses over 400,000 acres in the heart of the South. It’s also home to the busiest airport in the world, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, thanks to its central location on the world travel map. After trying out four other capitals, the state finally settled on Atlanta in 1868, which continues as the seat of state government today. Nowadays, Georgia is known for its thriving film industry and is the home of famed zombie television hit, The Walking Dead. It’s a state more rich in history and character than most, with a comfortably warm climate and hundreds of miles of oceanfront land. And yes, they sure grow a lot of peaches in Georgia.

6.4% of U.S. population
5.8 average U.S. violent crime rate per 1,000 persons
39.95 average U.S. property crime rate per 1,000 persons

Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.

1.  JOHNS CREEK

We begin with Johns Creek, the safest city in the state of Georgia. You might think that safe equals small, but this is actually the ninth largest city in the state, boasting over 300 acres of parks and recreation space. With a population of 84,655 and only 33 violent crimes, Johns Creek bears witness to one of the lowest crime rates in the country. Combine this with a property crime rate of only 6.4 per 1000 folks and you’re looking at an incredibly safe space. The citizens of this city won’t have to be afraid of walking home from the number three dog park in the country after dark.

84,655 Population
33 Violent Crimes
542 Property Crimes

2. MILTON

Milton, Georgia is the second safest city in the state, but only by a hair. As the official site boasts, Milton offers some of the best quality of life in Georgia. The small population, 37,665 all told, makes for a relatively close-knit community. The crime statistics bear this idea out: as of the last rating, there were only 12 violent crimes in the city. That makes for an even lower rate than Johns Creek, with 0.32 violent crimes per 1,000 residents. Similarly low property crime rates, with only 371 crimes total, make for an attractive set of numbers. Residents can enjoy the numerous parks, schools, and camps without worry.

37,665 Population
12 Violent Crimes
371 Property Crimes

3. BRASELTON

The town of Braselton enjoys the unique characteristic of being located across four bordering counties, but this diversity does nothing to hamper the safety and security of its 9,041 residents. Such a small population means that Braselton exudes small-town, southern charm, but the city is growing rapidly thanks to new business developments. With only nine total violent crimes to its name, the city looks at a rate of roughly one crime per 1,000 people, and only 10.73 property crimes for the same amount of folks.

9,041 Population
9 Violent Crimes
97 Property Crimes

4. PERRY

Perry is home to 15,469 souls, right in the heart of the state of Georgia and sits confidently in the top five safest in the state. This small city enjoys a comfortably low crime rate, seeing only 20 violent crimes and 164 property crimes within its borders. This makes for a rating of only 1.29 violent crimes per 1,000 residents and 10.60 property crimes for the same amount. The numbers are higher than the cities further up this list, but they’re miniscule compared to the national averages. Its central Georgia location, right along I-75, offers a cozy downtown that serves up classic Georgia hospitality in an old-fashioned style.

15,469 Population
20 Violent Crimes
164 Property Crimes

5. TYRONE

Tyrone, Georgia enjoys a plethora of lakes and outdoor recreational spaces, as well as a close proximity to the Atlanta metro area, with the world’s busiest airport. This great combination of small town comfort and big city access is a boon for its 7,182 residents. With only eight violent crimes and 91 property crimes, the city enjoys a rate of 1.11 and 12.67 per 1000 people, respectively. In fact, it’s the second safest city of its size in the state, only behind Braselton, while still remaining connected to a larger metropolitan area.

7,182 Population
8 Violent Crimes
91 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Georgia, 2017

1. Johns Creek

11. Roswell

21. Sandy Springs

31. Cairo

41. Bremen

2. Milton

12. Alpharetta

22. Commerce

32. Decatur

42. Lawrenceville

3. Braselton

13. Kennesaw

23. Folkston

33. Statesboro

43. Calhoun

4. Perry

14. Hampton 

24. Loganville

34. Fayetteville

44. Athens-Clarke County

5. Tyrone

15. Jefferson

25. Suwanee

35. Dalton

45. Gainesville

6. Peachtree City

16. Canton 

26. Byron

36. Newnan

46. Centerville

7. Port Wentworth

17. Woodstock

27. Acworth

37. Hinesville

47. Dunwoody

8. Flowery Branch

18. McRae

28. Brookhaven

38. Snellville

48. Norcross

9. Grovetown

19. Richmond Hill

29. Pooler

39. McDonough

49. Powder Springs

10. Holly Springs

20. Auburn

30. Smyrna

40. Winder

50. Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Georgia, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000.


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.

The Safest Cities in Arkansas, 2017

Safest Cities in Arkansas

Arkansas borders six states: Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Arkansas is the 29th largest state by area but makes up a substantially low percentage of the population. It’s home to the Ozark mountains and due to its Eastern coast running alongside the Mississippi River, it’s prone to flooding. It’s this same flooding, though, that creates its coveted fertile soil. Known as “The Natural State,” it contains 600,000 acres of lakes and 9,700 miles of streams and rivers. Arkansas hosts the World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest each year. Not to be underestimated, Arkansas is home to six Fortune 500 companies and the Crater of Diamonds State Park - the world’s only publicly accessible location to dig for diamonds.

0.9% of U.S. population
71% above average U.S. violent crime rate
40% above average U.S. property crime rate

Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.

1.  GREENBRIER

This quaint little town is nestled almost exactly in the middle of Arkansas. It’s all of 7.9 square miles in area and home to 5,339 inhabitants. There was only one reported violent crime and 13 property crimes. The history of this city centers around tales from the Wild West which includes figures like Jim Bowie and Jesse James. They also have a school district that’s rated one of the best in the state. The small-town, family-friendly community hosts various events throughout the year to promote community, including the Moustache Dash 5k race and the Brier Fest, which is a three-day country and contemporary rock concert.

5,339 Population
1 Violent Crimes
13 Property Crimes

2. GREENWOOD

Two hours west of Greenbrier you’ll find Greenwood. The city’s slogan is “Feels Like Home” which is absolutely what this town is about. They have a great school system and a strong, local business community with the convenience of a big city. There’s a beautiful, city-center park with a bell tower and an open area for town activities. This is where they hold “Freedomfest” every 4th of July along with other community events. Only 15 violent crimes and 55 property crimes were reported.

9,310 Population
15 Violent Crimes
55 Property Crimes

3. WHITE HALL

South of Little Rock you’ll find White Hall that - a total of 6.98 square miles. They pride themselves in being a “Quality of Life” community and it shows in the fact that they have such a low crime rate. Only four violent crimes occured last year, and only 61 property crimes. Even better is that this tiny town has the second highest median household income in all of Arkansas, at $52,045. It’s certainly a great place to live.

5,174 Population
4 Violent Crimes
61 Property Crimes

4. BELLA VISTA

Up in the very Northwest corner of Arkansas you’ll find a booming city called Bella Vista. Appropriately named, it’s full of rivers and lakes, rolling forests and trails. There’s even a waterfall at Tanyard Creek. The houses are well-kept and there only 1.5% of families are below the poverty line. For being the same size as the average city in Arkansas, it has ¼ the crime. Bigger cities are known for having more of a prevalence of crime but Bella Vista seems to contradict this stereotype with only 72 reported violent crimes and 216 property crimes.

27,970 Population
72 Violent Crimes
216 Property Crimes

5. CENTERTON

Another appropriately named city, Centerton lies right in the middle of Benton County, a 20-minute drive south of Bella Vista. Not too long ago, in 2006, a tornado ripped through this town, destroying 40 homes, damaging 150, and injuring 12 people - but they have made quite the comeback. This city claims to be “The Most Exciting Town in NWA.” Only 36 violent crimes 90 property crimes were reported last year. Fun fact: in the early 1900’s they were known as the Apple Capital of the World as it won prizes in Paris, France for having the best tasting apples.

11,635 Population
36 Violent Crimes
90 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Arkansas, 2017

1. Greenbrier

11. Prairie Grove

21. Rogers

31. Clarksville

41. Camden

2. Greenwood

12. Maumelle

22. Benton

32. Fayetteville

42. Paragould

3. White Hall

13. De Queen

23. Bryant

33. Alma

43. Texarkana

4. Bella Vista

14. Pea Ridge

24. Van Buren

34. Conway

44. El Dorado

5. Centerton

15. Beebe

25. Mena

35. Marion

45. Harrison

6. Farmington

16. Arkadelphia 

26. Berryville

36. Pocahontas

46. Stuttgart

7. Bentonville

17. Siloam Springs

27. Sherwood

37. Crossett

47. Hope

8. Cabot

18. Magnolia

28. Russellville

38. North Little Rock

48. Fort Smith

9. Warren

19. Monticello

29. Mountain Home

39. Jacksonville

49. Wynne

10. Lowell

20. Heber Springs

30. Jonesboro

40. Morrilton

50. Newport

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Arkansas, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000.


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.

2 The Safest Cities in Colorado, 2017

Safest Cities in Colorado

Colorado is also called “The Switzerland of the United States” because of its high elevation and stunning mountain views. Colorado is a very popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. With 222 wildlife areas, you’ll find hiking, mountain climbing, camping, and so much more. People also flock to Colorado for its renowned skiing and snowboarding. In fact, its mountain peaks are so strikingly beautiful that they served as the inspiration for “America The Beautiful.” Colorado is known as the “Centennial State” because it joined the union 100 years after the Declaration of Independence. It’s an epicenter for ethnic diversity, home to the U.S. Air Force Academy, has the most microbreweries per capita than any other state, and claims the invention of the cheeseburger.

1.6% of U.S. population
2.58 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
6.5% above average U.S. property crime rate

Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.

1.  JOHNSTOWN

Johnstown lies just north of Denver. At 13.5 square miles with 14,300 people, it’s about four times smaller than the state average. Also lower than the state average is the amount of crime. Johnstown is the safest city in the state with only three reported violent crimes. There were 68 property crimes, six times less than the state average. They are known as, “The Community that Cares” and its newly renovated downtown brings people together with county fairs and carnivals. With two great school systems, this town is clearly a wonderful place to live.

14,300 Population
3 Violent Crimes
68 Property Crimes

2. FREDERICK

Twenty miles away from Johnstown you’ll find another impressive city. It’s similar in size at 13 square miles and has a population around 11,563. There were only nine reported violent crimes and 73 reported property crimes. Frederick offers a wide variety of annual events, including a Community BBQ Tour, Deck the Downtown, DIY Day, Festival of Lights, Miners Day, Chainsaws & Chuckwagons, and the Blues, Brews, and BBQ Festival. Not only does Frederick foster a strong sense of community, they support local artists with over 40 art installations throughout the city.

11,563 Population
1 Violent Crimes
73 Property Crimes

3. LOUISVILLE

Just outside of Boulder is a small city called Louisville. Lousiville started as a small mining town in 1877 and has now grown into a thriving city with much to offer. Despite its size at eight square miles it’s quite bustling. It has over 20,000 people, 26 city parks, 1,800 acres of open space, 26 miles of trails, and a state-of-the-art library with one of the highest circulation rates in the state. The Steinbaugh Pavilion brings people together year round, serving as a concert venue in the summer and an ice rink in the winter. With a median family income of $92,121, the quality of life is great in Louisville with only 16 reported violent crimes.

20,556 Population
16 Violent Crimes
115 Property Crimes

4. FIRESTONE

Butted up right next to Frederick and close to Johnstown, it’s no surprise that Firestone is also one of the safest cities in Colorado. With 11,880 people, they only had four reported violent crimes and 82 property crimes. It has grown tremendously since 2000, when there were only 1,908 people - a 622% increase in 16 years. All summer long they host Food & Flick Friday where the community comes together to eat and watch a movie in the park. St. Vrain State Park offers hiking, fishing, and is known for being a home for the Blue Heron. A beautiful mountainous skyline to the West serves as the ‘cherry on top’ of this incredible city.

11,880 Population
4 Violent Crimes
82 Property Crimes

5. ERIE

Erie, located next to Firestone and Frederick, is a fun town to live in. They have all kinds of events that bring the community together, including the Miners Blast celebration, the Pilgrimage Run, the Erie Brewfest, and concerts in the park. There’s a thriving farmer’s market, free fitness classes at the community center, and an indoor pool with a lazy river and water slide - which all promotes a healthy lifestyle. It’s a prestigious and friendly city to live in with big, beautiful homes, well-kept neighborhoods, and phenomenal schools. This city of 21,096 residents had only 19 violent crimes and 143 property crimes.

21,096 Population
19 Violent Crimes
143 Property Crimes

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The Top 50 Safest Cities in Colorado, 2017

1. Johnstown

11. Parker

21. Evans

31. Cortez

41. Brighton

2. Frederick

12. Estes Park

22. Woodland Park

32. Craig

42. Commerce City

3. Louisville

13. Centennial

23. Littleton

33. Greeley

43. Delta

4. Firestone

14. Cherry Hills Village

24. Arvada

34. Northglenn

44. Montrose

5. Erie

15. Castle Rock

25. Salida

35. Fountain

45. Colorado Springs

6. Eagle

16. Lochbuie

26. Steamboat Springs

36. Manitou Springs

46. Aspen

7. Milliken

17. Broomfield

27. Fort Collins

37. Westminster

47. Greenwood Village

8. Windsor

18. Fruita

28. Loveland

38. Aurora

48. Sterling

9. Fort Lupton

19. Golden

29. Boulder

39. Gunnison

49. Denver

10. Gypsum

20. Monument

30. Avon

40. Durango

50. Grand Junction

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Colorado, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000.


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.

The Safest Cities in Delaware, 2017

Safest Cities in Delaware

Despite being the second smallest state, most people are surprised to find out that Delaware is the sixth most densely populated one in the U.S. It sits on the Eastern seaboard, with 28 miles of coastline (381 if you count the Delaware River). Because of its proximity to the ocean, it has the lowest mean elevation of any other state, reaching a maximum of 450 feet above sea level. It was one of the original 13 colonies and the first to ratify the Constitution of the United States earning it the title, “The First State.” Due to its small size, it only has three counties, New Castle, Kent, and Sussex - but no shortage of attractions. Beaches upon beaches line the coast and vacationers from the surrounding areas flock here in the summer. The World Championship Punkin Chunkin competition is held in a different location every year and has been going strong since 1986. There’s also a Chocolate Festival, the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, and many others.

0.28% of U.S. population
7.15 violent crime rate per 1,000 people
38.6 property crime rate per 1,000 people

Safety has always been an important factor when searching for a new place to call home, but a wavering political system combined with an increase in violent crime has made safety the number one priority for many Americans. Because navigating through crime statistics can be a difficult and time-consuming process, we’ve done it for you.

1.  ELSMERE

This quaint little town of nearly 6,000 occupies a single square mile. They have a very personalized school system, with a 14:1 student to teacher ratio, and it shows in their grades. Every year they host an Easter egg hunt, a Halloween Spooktacular, movies in the park, and even an annual dog fair. These charming community events make Elsmere a “Wonderful place to live!” Elsmere is one of the safest in Delaware with only 14 reported violent crimes. As for property crime, there were 106 incidences, less than half of the state’s average.

6,158 Population
14 Violent Crimes
106 Property Crimes

2. NEWARK

Ten miles west of Elsemere, closer to the border of Maryland, is the bustling city of Newark. This densely populated city is only 8.8 square miles and home to over 33,000 people. Here you’ll find single-family homes tucked inside beautiful, wooded neighborhoods. Three signers of the Declaration of Independence were raised in Newark and, in the 60’s, Bob Marley, Jamaican reggae star, was an assembly line worker at a local car plant. Another intriguing person that came from Newark is Harry Wesley Coover, Jr., inventor of Super Glue and the holder of 460 other patents. Newark’s vibrant social scene promotes togetherness with city summer camps, The Taste of Newark, and the 5k Five & Wine. State parks and nature preserves around the city offer trails for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. There’s plenty to do and worrying about safety isn’t necessarily one of them.

33,392 Population
88 Violent Crimes
628 Property Crimes

3. MIDDLETOWN

Middletown is a quickly growing community, adding more land and more affluent housing developments which subsequently attracts new residents. It’s very clear that this city has a great sense of humor and a vibrant spirit. Every year, the Olde-Tyme Peach Festival draws tens of thousands of visitors which closes down Main Street. It’s also host to the M.O.T Big Ball Marathon in which runners complete for 24 hours straight to raise money for charity. Also noteworthy, The Dead Poets Society, one of Robin Williams’ iconic movies, was filmed here, as was an episode of The West Wing.

20,153 Population
72 Violent Crimes
513 Property Crimes

4. SMYRNA

In the last 15 years, Smyrna has seen a population boom of over 200% but still remains one of the safest cities in the state. Syrna was originally named Duck Creek Cross Roads, a major port between Wilmington and Lewes. When the shipping industry took a dive in the 1800’s it switched its focus to agriculture and changed its name to Smyrna. It has a large collection of nationally recognized Historic Places which you’ll find along Main Street - brick buildings, bell towers, and other incredible architectural details. Balancing the old with the new, you’ll find modern cul-de-sacs with neighborhoods that foster a rich sense of community. Balancing the new with nature, the city has various nature preserves, parks, beaches, and, of course, a thriving farmers market.

11,447 Population
53 Violent Crimes
302 Property Crimes

5. NEW CASTLE

History buffs, make sure you put this on your list of places to live or visit. Originally settled by the Dutch West India Company in the 1600’s, New Castle began as a trade port along the Delaware river. Its history is visible throughout the city. Large colonial homes and stunning brick buildings make up their Historic District. Battery Park offers a beach and a beautiful view of the Delaware River.

5,392 Population
20 Violent Crimes
203 Property Crimes

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The Top 10 Safest Cities in Delaware, 2017

1. Elsmere

2. Newark

3. Middletown

4. Smyrna

5. New Castle

6. Dover

7. Georgetown

8. Seaford

9. Milford

10. Wilmington

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Delaware, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000.


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Finally, we moved the decimal point over a few spots to show rates per 1,000 people.