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Friday, February 22, 2019

Fort Thomas Named #3 Safest City in Kentucky

The National Council for Home Safety and Security has listed their safest cities in Kentucky for this year.

Fort Thomas was ranked #3 behind Madisonville and Independence.

To identify the safest cities in Kentucky, the council reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147.

They did not analyze cities with populations under 10,000.

There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

In Fort Thomas, there were eight violent crimes reported.

1 - Madisonville
2 - Independence
3 - Fort Thomas
4 - Lawrenceburg
5 - Mt. Washington
6 - Erlanger
7 - Elizabethtown
8 - Danville
9 - Henderson
10 - Hopkinsville

More on their methodology here:

We computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. We then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then we transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1.

Next, we computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees). We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. We transformed and normalized this police adequacy variable also, resulting in a score between 0 and 1. Finally, we combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.

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