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Posted on: January 14, 2019

Athens ranks high for safety


Athens ranks No. 5 in Safest Cities in Alabama with Populations over 20,000, according to Home Security Advisor.

<div style="clear:both"><a href=""><img src="" title="The Safest Cities in Alabama" alt="The Safest Cities in Alabama" border="0" /></a></div><div>Courtesy of: <a href="">The Home Security Advisor</a></div>

The majority of the time, smaller towns and cities are known for having lower crime rates.  Some of the safest neighborhoods in Alabama, are medium-sized cities. Because larger cities typically struggle with many challenges that smaller towns and communities might not have to deal with, The Home Security Advisor recognizes some of the larger cities in Alabama that have provided safe communities for their residents. 

To find the most secure towns and cities in Alabama, we reviewed the most recent (2017) FBI Uniform Crime Report figures. Only towns and cities with five-thousand residents or higher were considered. It should be noted that not all communities report their data to the FBI…so, of course, these communities could not be considered. 

Both “Violent” (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and “Property Crimes” (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft) were tabulated.  In order to reflect the gravity of the criminal activity, these figures were weighted. Violent crimes have been factored by .75 and property crimes by .25.

This number would be then divided by the population in the community. For comparison purposes, we normalized the mathematical finding to reflect weighted criminal offenses per 100,000.

Although no rating system is perfect, this reflects a relatively accurate picture of the overall safety and security in the community. If you’re considering moving to Alabama, these cities are amongst the safest towns and cities that you could choose.

Additionally, it is important to understand that certain areas inside any community may have significantly lower crime rates than others. This is especially true in more populated cities. We recommend that you carefully investigate specific neighborhoods within the community and communicate with law enforcement to obtain a better overall impression of the security and safety on a local level.

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