Is your city among the safest?

Published 11:33 am Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Movoto real estate blog named Helena as the safest city in Alabama. (File)

The Movoto real estate blog named Helena as the safest city in Alabama. (File)

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

A national real estate blog cited low violent crime and property theft rates in naming a handful of Shelby County cities among the safest in Alabama.

The Movoto real estate blog gave high marks to Helena, Alabaster, Hoover and Pelham – all of which finished in the top 15 in the blog’s listing of the 52 safest cities in the state.

Movoto used the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 2012 uniform crime report, which includes crime information for all Alabama cities with populations of 10,000 or more.

The blog gathered data on murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts and vehicle thefts, and calculated each city’s per-capita crime rates in four categories: Murders, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes.

The blog named Helena as the safest city in Alabama, reporting no murders in 2012 and “nearly no property crime.”

“Residents had just a one in 92 chance of being a victim of any crime here in 2012, and it would most likely be property crime rather than things like murder or assault,” read Helena’s entry.

Alabaster ranked No. 5 on the list, reporting no murders in the city limits for 2012 and “very low property crime.” Per 100,000 residents, Alabaster reported 158 violent crimes, 2,209 property crimes and 2,367 total crimes for 2012.

Hoover ranked No. 9 on the list, prompting Movoto to call it “one seriously safe city.”

Hoover reported two murders in 2012, but had a low rate of 104 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. Hoover reported 2,647 property crimes per 100,000 residents and 2,751 total crimes per 100,000 residents for 2012, according to the blog.

Pelham ranked No. 15 on the list, reporting 165 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, 2,165 property crimes per 100,000 residents and 2,330 total crimes per 100,000 residents.

“The places in this state are pretty safe in general, and many of our top 10 have strong, thriving and friendly communities,” read the blog. “All this and more make the Yellowhammer State a great place to call home.”

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