Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Safest Cities in Kansas announced for 2018

 The National Council for Home Safety recently announced the "Safest Cities in Kansas." In a statement sent to the Gazette,
   The National Council for Home Safety and Security is happy to announce their ranking of the Safest Cities in Kansas for 2018.    
While no Douglas County cities made the list, there were some area cities from Johnson and Franklin Counties.

on their webpage they say,
 Kansas’ less-than-impressive crime figures might be a little surprising considering Kansas’ reputation for decency and modesty, though it isn’t close to matching the most crime plagued states. Kansas’ safest community is Prairie Village, a town of 21,958 that is part of the Kansas City Metropolitan area. Prairie Village’s low number of 11 violent crimes gives it an average of only 0.5 violent crimes per 1,000, and its rate of 10.11 property crimes per 1,000 is equally impressive.

The top ten cities have six cities from Johnson County, in fact, those six communities are in the top eight.  Below is the list of the top ten.
  1. Prairie Village  
  2. Leawood  
  3. Lansing  
  4. Andover  
  5. Overland Park  
  6. Olathe  
  7. Lenexa  
  8. Shawnee  
  9. Derby  
  10. Emporia  
While they didn't make the top ten two other cities of note to area residents made the list.  Coming in at number fifteen, the lone Franklin County city enters the ranking and the states Capital city in Shawnee County comes in at number twenty-six.
15. Ottawa
26. Topeka
According to their announcement,
To identify the safest cities in Kansas, 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 10,000.

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 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 1.5 of the total (due to their severity) than property crimes. 

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