Survey ranks LKN towns among safest in state
Wednesday, May. 07, 2014

Survey ranks LKN towns among safest in state

  • Safe cities

    Here are some of the cities and towns in the ‘50 Safest Cities’ report, with their ranking and crime statistics:

    1. Pinehurst: 0.84 violent crimes per 1,000, 0.39 property crimes per 1,000

    12. Huntersville: 1.75 violent crimes per 1,000, 3.75 property crimes per 1,000

    14. Cornelius: 2.28 violent crimes per 1,000, 3.64 property crimes per 1,000

    25. Garner: 2.42 violent crimes per 1,000, 6.10 property crimes per 1,000

    29. Mooresville: 2.90 violent crimes per 1,000, 3.67 property crimes per 1,000

    50. Mebane: 6.33 violent crimes per 1,000, 8.90 property crimes per 1,000

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Huntersville, Cornelius and Mooresville are some of the safest cities in North Carolina, according to a recent report by a company that sells home security systems.

SafeWise, a national company based in Salt Lake City, paired the most recent FBI Crime Report with its own examination to compile the “50 Safest Cities in North Carolina” report, according to the SafeWise website.

Huntersville is ranked 12 on SafeWise’s report, with a crime rate of 1.75 violent crimes per 1,000 and 3.75 property crimes per 1,000.

Huntersville Town Manager Greg Ferguson said the town’s proactive Police Department and successful partnership with local homeowner’s associations, businesses and employers contributes to residents’ safety. “The partnership keeps the crime rate low,” he said. “It is a safe community.”

Ferguson encouraged residents to come to events such as Coffee With a Cop, in which police officers meet with residents at local coffee shops for informal discussions on issues in their neighborhoods, and the Safety and Security Lunch and Learn to meet with local police officers and share their concerns.

Cornelius is ranked number 14 on the SafeWise report with 2.28 violent crimes per 1,000 and 3.64 property crimes per 1,000.

Community involvement plays a huge factor in making Cornelius a safe community, said Bence Hoyle, Cornelius chief of police. “It’s all around a good public and private effort,” he said. “We have a great community.”

Mooresville is ranked number 29 in the report, with a crime rate of 2.90 violent crimes per 1,000 and 3.67 property times per 1,000.

Describing Mooresville as a community that supports a good quality of life, Mooresville chief of police Carl Robbins said the residents make the town a safe, welcoming place to live. “We have a really good town,” he said.

Robbins said the Police Department works with the town’s officials and business owners to maintain the area’s charm. “We try to be as visible as possible,” he said. “The town is very supportive of those initiatives.”

The Police Department hopes to reach more residents with its Coffee with a Cop program, Robbins said. “We want to try to be more accessible to people,” he said.

The SafeWise report is something the “whole community can be proud of,” Robbins said. “Everybody working together is able to achieve that.”

Since the SafeWise report was released and posted to the Mooresville Police Department’s Facebook page on April 22, it has had more than 7,000 views and has been shared more than 40 times, said Joseph Shook, Mooresville communications specialist.

The top ranked city on the report is Pinehurst, which has a crime rate of 0.84 violent crimes per 1,000 and 0.39 property crimes per 1,000. Ending the top 50 report is Mebane, near Raleigh and Durham. Charlotte is not among the 50.

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