Hamilton County is a relatively safe place, according to a new report from the National Council for Home Safety and Security, a national trade association comprised of licensed alarm installers, contractors, and other relevant trade groups across the United States. Carmel, Fishers and Noblesville were all ranked in the top eight for safest cities in the state for 2020.
Carmel ranked fourth and its low crime rates are all the more impressive in light of its size: the city’s population tops 94,000. Recording a violent crime rate of 0.46 per 1,000 in 2018 (the state’s 3rd lowest), Carmel’s crime situation resembles that of a much smaller community.
Fishers finished sixth and Noblesville eighth.
Crime is scarce in St. John, Indiana’s safest community. The town of 17.6K logged just 3 violent crimes in 2018, good for a rate of 0.17 offenses per 1,000, while its property crime rate is less-than-a-third of the national rate.
Indiana’s 2nd safest city is Dyer, a town which neighbors #1 St. John in Lake Country, and nearly matches its low levels of crime. The southeastern suburb of Chicago recorded only 10 crimes in 2018, along with a remarkable 8.38 per 1,000 rate of property crime.
Chesterton is Indiana’s 3rd safest city. One of a trio of cities known as the Duneland area for being home to Indiana Dunes National Park, Chesterton logged a violent crime rate below 1 offense per 1,000 in 2018, and its property crime rate is slightly lower than #2 Dyers.
Rounding out the list of Indiana’s 5 safest cities is West Lafayette, a city in Tippecanoe County around 65 miles northwest of state capital Indianapolis. Like other cities in the ranking, West Lafayette earned a violent crime rate under 1 per 1K and a property crime rate under 10 per 1k in 2018.
To identify the safest cities, a review of the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics was completed. Cities were eliminated that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and 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. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”
The total number of crimes reported by each city was computed by adding violent crimes and property crimes. That created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population.
Data from 2,831 law enforcement agencies was then collected to determine police adequacy (TotalCrimes / Number of police employees). Finally, the two variables were combined to create a safety score for each city.