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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Website Lists Newport As Most Dangerous in Kentucky

FTM file. 
A website that describes itself as "info-tainment" has named Newport as the most dangerous city in Kentucky. It also has listed Covington as #4 and Dayton as #5.

RoadSnacks says their mission is to "try to paint a picture of what’s happening in a region based on “Friday Night Science” — how’d you argue at a bar."

When determining the most dangerous cities in Kentucky, here's what they had to say:
"While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the most dangerous, we didn’t want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI’s last three years of reporting. Specifically, we analyzed the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year.

Violent crimes are defined as rapes, murders, robberies and aggravated assaults.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people as of 2013, which is the last year the report was available. This left us with a total of 74 cities in Kentucky to rank.

Finally, we made 2013 factor more heavily than 2012, since more recent crimes are a bigger determining factor in how dangerous a place is. You can see our overall ranking at the bottom of the post."

We must note that this report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments. It simply states where crimes occurred most frequently

This is the list of the top 10 most dangerous cities, according to them.

1 Newport
2 Hazard
3 Versailles
4 Covington
5 Dayton
6 Middlesboro
7 Winchester
8 Louisville
9 Shively
10 Mount Sterling

Population: 15,425
Violent Crime Rank: 5
Property Crime Rank: 1

"Located just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, Newport is the most dangerous place in Kentucky overall.

It may not be the most violent place, but since residents faced a 1 in 15 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2013, its overall crime ranking is pretty poor.

While their abysmal property crime has improved 12% in recent years, violent crime has seen a 17% increase – probably not a good trade in the eyes of most Newport residents."

The original article is here. 


  1. This is a pretty awful article. I read it a few weeks ago when it came out. The rankings are based on crimes per population, but you are talking about a city who's population increases drastically due to the social scene in Newport on weekends. It doesn't look into how much the population increases on weekends, how much crime happens during these hours, or how much of the crime is perpetrated against non-residents. Because of how this study was conducted, the statistics are grossly misleading.

  2. I call B.S . Sorry, Ive lived in Newport for 15 years and I've never felt unsafe . Every low income to middle class areas have some crime , but I'm positive that elsmere/Erlanger and Covington are much more dangerous than Newport.

  3. I agree with "Unknown". I live in a 5000sf home in Mansion Hill and have never had one incident in my 25 years. Nothing stolen, no vandalism... The homes are spacious and architecturally beautiful - unlike any other in Campbell County -. I lived in Fort Thomas for 30 years and finally "upgraded" to Newport's East End after some punks went up and down our street on Lumley/Henry and spray painted all the cars. Haven't regretted it for a minute.