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Report: Scottsville Earns Top Spot for Safety

June 12, 2014 (Scottsville, KY) by Rachel Herrington, C-T Staff WriterHistoric Downtown Scottsville, KY
The Citizen-Times, Scottsville, KY

Small town life can certainly have its drawbacks. But according to a statewide safety comparison report, living and raising a family in Scottsville has proven perks.

Scottsville landed the top five spot on SafeWise’s list of the “50 Safest Cities in Kentucky” report, ranking just below Prospect, Greenville, Hodgenville and Villa Hills, Ky.

SafeWise is a national security organization that compares different security system providers so customers can pick the best protection tailored toward their households needs.

The company uses information from the FBI’s Unified Crime Report (UCR) to narrow the list to 50. The most recent crime data came from 2012 and measures violent crimes and property crimes reported in a particular area that has a minimum population of at least 3,000 residents.

Crimes classified as violent include aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder and robbery. Arson, burglary, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft fall under property crimes. From there, SafeWise calculates the chances of these crimes occurring out of a thousand to account for the varying populations of each city. The list is then narrowed to 50 and assigned a ranking based on the URC data.

According to SafeWise’s website, only one violent crime and no motor vehicle thefts or arsons were reported locally in 2012. Comparably, eight reports of either rape, robbery or assault occurred in 2013 according to Kentucky State Police records of Scottsville Police Department statistics.

“The rest of the country should take note on how dedicated Kentucky is to community involvement, personal safety habits and sound police work, altogether ensuring the state’s success in crime prevention,” boasted SafeWise security analyst Carolyn Heneghan.

For a full list of the “50 Safest Cities in Kentucky,” visit the SafeWise website at www.safewise.com.

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