For the second year in a row, Auburn was identified as one of Indiana’s Safest Cities by Safewise. Ranking #24 on the list, Auburn has reduced property crime by 40 percent, moving up seven places from its position on last year’s list. Safewise recognized Auburn for its appeal to residents and businesses alike.
Auburn Police Chief Martin McCoy says being named to the list was an acknowledgement of the city’s daily efforts to create a safe community.
“Our police officers are constantly monitoring the safety of our community and proactively working to address any threats,” says Chief McCoy. “We work diligently to protect Auburn and I’m proud of our efforts, including how we’ve improved over the course of one year.”
Chief McCoy credited Auburn citizens for the “Safest Cities” recognition as well. “Without the support and involvement of our citizens, we would not be on this list,” he says. “They partner with us to create a community where we all want to live, work and play.”
How the Safest Cities compare to state and national averages
Indiana’s crime rate is on par with the national average, but Safewise found 30 Hoosier State cities where residents enjoy significantly lower incidents of crime. The violent crime rate among Indiana’s safest cities is a mere 1.44 incidents per 1,000 people and the property crime rate is 13.58 incidents per 1,000 people. That’s less than half the state and national averages.
How the list was compiled
To determine which cities made the list, Safewise identified those with a population of more than 4,000 people in 2013, and reported complete crime data to the FBI. Then they analyzed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics, comparing the number of reported violent and property crimes in each city. Violent crimes consist of robbery, forcible rape, aggravated assault and murder. Property crimes are considered larceny-theft, burglary, motor vehicle theft and arson. To create a level playing field, and make it easy to compare crime rates, Safewise calculated the chance of both types of crime happening out of 1,000 people.