The SafeWise Report released its “50 Safest Cities in North Carolina” report last week. To compile this report, SafeWise used the most recent FBI crime data from 2012 to analyze and rank these cities.
The SafeWise Report looks at crimes from part 1 of the FBI Unified Crime Report (UCR) reported crime data, which focuses on violent crimes (aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder, and robbery) as well as property crimes (arson, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). From there, it calculates the chances of these crimes happening out of a thousand in order to level the playing field for cities of varying populations. From all the cities in North Carolina, the SafeWise Report narrowed the list down to 50 and assigned rankings according to data provided by the FBI’s UCR report.
“It’s easy to see why families and businesses are flocking to North Carolina,” SafeWise security analyst Alexia Chianis said. “A pleasant year-round climate, an abundance of recreational opportunities, and especially safe streets are a few of the Tar Heel State’s many assets.”
“We are very excited to be on this list and it is our hope that the citizens and visitors to Boone and the High Country feel safe. Not only were we in the top fifty, we were in the top 20. I can’t say enough about the dedication and hard work that our police officers and staff display every day to help make this community as crime free as possible. But I also think this speaks highly of the people of this community and the partnerships that we have even more than police strategies. Communities with serious crime issues are generally communities that are experiencing a break down in social structure. Thankfully, we have a strong social structure which translates to lower crime rates.” – Dana Crawford, Town of Boone Chief of Police
“It is a real honor to be recognized as one of the safest cities in North Carolina. This is a great community in which to live, visit, work, and play. Our partnerships with Appalachian State University help ensure safety for those pursuing a quality higher education. The Town of Boone continues to seek ways to make our town an even safer and more enjoyable place to live. From pro-active policing to infrastructure improvements, such as bike lanes – we want to be a place where people and businesses can thrive. Boone was ranked nineteenth on this year's list, and we hope to improve on that number in the future.” – Andy Ball – Town of Boone Mayor
The full list of North Carolina’s safest cities can be viewed here: