Frankfort, Ind. – Utilizing information from the FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with their own population data and internal research, the National Council for Home Safety and Security ranked Frankfort #50 of the safest cities in Indiana for 2017.
According to Police Chief Troy Bacon, the lower serious crime statistics reported by the Police Department are due, in large part, to the increased partnership efforts between community members and the police force.
“While it is impossible to prevent all crime, we truly believe good communication and collaboration are strong tools we all can bring to the table to help positively impact the safety of our entire community. It takes residents and law enforcement partnering together to affect this kind of change,” Bacon said.
According to Mayor Chris McBarnes, Frankfort’s ranking in the top 50 safest Hoosier communities is another great step in making the city an appealing location for new residents and businesses as well as a destination for visitors.
“Public safety is job #1. The safer our city is, the more attractive it is to those looking to move here and raise their families, relocate their business or select Frankfort as their choice to retire here,” McBarnes said. “We want our residents and corporate citizens to feel proud of where they live and do business and feel comfortable in their level of safety and security here. We are pleased and proud that our lower crime figures resulted in our community being selected among the top 50 safest in the State.”
The organization eliminated cities that failed to submit complete crime reports to the FBI and removed cities with populations less than 5,000. 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 100,000 people. These variables were weighed with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total and property crimes accounting for 30% of the rankings. Decimal points were adjusted to show rates per 1,000 people.
Founded in 2006 and made up of companies and individuals in the home safety and security industries, the Washington, DC-based National Council for Home Safety and Security is a national trade association made up of licensed alarm installers, contractors and other relevant trade groups across the U.S. The organization’s goal is to advance education and public knowledge about home security, home safety, child safety and senior safety in the home.