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Originally published: 2014-04-30 11:35:27
Last modified: 2014-04-30 11:36:12

Boone named one of N.C.'s safest cities

by Staff Reports

The SafeWise Report released its "50 Safest Cities in North Carolina" report last week according to the Boone Police Department. To compile this report, SafeWise used the most recent FBI crime data from 2012 to analyze and rank these cities.


The SafeWise Report looks at crimes from part one of the FBI Unified Crime Report reported crime data, which focuses on violent crimes (aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder, and robbery) as well as property crimes (arson, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft).

From there, it calculates the chances of these crimes happening out of a thousand in order to level the playing field for cities of varying populations. From all the cities in North Carolina, the SafeWise Report narrowed the list down to 50 and assigned rankings according to data provided by the FBI's UCR report.


"It's easy to see why families and businesses are flocking to North Carolina," SafeWise security analyst Alexia Chianis said in a release. "A pleasant year-round climate, an abundance of recreational opportunities, and especially safe streets are a few of the Tar Heel State's many assets."


"We are very excited to be on this list and it is our hope that the citizens and visitors to Boone and the High Country feel safe," Town of Boone Chief of Police Dana Crawford said. 

"Not only were we in the top fifty, we were in the top 20.  I can't say enough about the dedication and hard work that our police officers and staff display every day to help make this community as crime free as possible." 


Crawford said that Boone being on the list also speaks highly of the people of the community and "the partnerships that we have even more than police strategies."


"It is a real honor to be recognized as one of the safest cities in North Carolina," Town of Boone Mayor Andy Ball said. 

"This is a great community in which to live, visit, work, and play. Our partnerships with Appalachian State University help ensure safety for those pursuing a quality higher education," he said.


Ball said that the Town of Boone continues to seek ways to make the town a safer and more enjoyable place to live from pro-active policing to infrastructure improvements, such as bike lanes


"Boone was ranked nineteenth on this year's list, and we hope to improve on that number in the future," Ball said.


To view the full list of North Carolina's safest cities, visit