Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – The town of Lexington is high on the list as one of the safest cities in South Carolina again this year according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security. The 2018 report has been released and Lexington is listed as number 12 in our state. The Lexington Police Department Strategic Plan has focused on lowering property crimes along with having a quicker response time by officers when called. According to the leadership of the department, these efforts have had an impact and continues to bring positive results.
According to the report, our state had an average of 5.73 violent crimes per 1,000 people in 2017, and property crimes of 42.30 per 1,000 residents during the same period. According to the report, Lexington currently has a population of 20,597 people and experienced 71 violent crimes and 614 property crimes last year per 1,000 inhabitants. That equates to 3.45 violent crimes per 1,000 people and 29.81 property crimes per 1,000 residents in the last year. These are well below the state average.
To identify the safest cities in South Carolina, the website and organization National Council for Home Safety and Security at www.alarms.org, says that they reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with their own population data and internal research. They eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.
The remaining cities were the ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes like aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery, and property crimes that included burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft per 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 1.5 of the total, due to their severity. You can read the whole report and see how other towns and cities ranked by clicking HERE.