Crime & Courts

Survey: Stallings is safest Charlotte-area town

A survey of crime statistics conducted by a national home security company ranks Stallings as the safest city in the Charlotte region.

The western Union County town is the seventh-safest municipality in North Carolina, according to the survey. Suburbs of Raleigh account for five of the top 10 in “North Carolina’s 50 Safest Cities,” the survey said.

Four Charlotte suburbs – Matthews, Huntersville, Mint Hill and Cornelius – were bunched at positions 11 through 14 in the poll.

The rankings were compiled by Safewise, which says it studied FBI crime statistics for towns and cities with 5,000 or more residents. Safewise compiled separate categories for violent and property crime, then compiled the numbers.

Pinehurst, the retirement and golf mecca in the Sandhills, was the safest place in North Carolina. It had an index of 0.79 violent crimes and 0.39 property crimes per 1,000 residents.

Second was Holly Springs, a town about 20 miles from Raleigh. Elon, Apex and Winterville rounded out the top five.

Stallings had scores of 0.70 violent and 2.73 property crimes per 1,000 residents.