Loudon ranked safest city in Tennessee, Memphis least safe
The city of Loudon is the safest city in Tennessee, according to rankings from an insurance research company.
ValuePenguin, which provides data to auto, home and health insurance companies, analyzed the most recently available crime data from the FBI to determine the safety of cities in Tennessee.
Of the 89 cities analyzed, Loudon had the lowest crime score with just five violent crimes and 47 property crimes for 2013, the lowest in the state. Maryville was listed at 24. Lenoir City was listed at 36, Knoxville ranked 81, Nashville 83 and Memphis was last at 89.
Loudon Police Chief James “Bear” Webb said he’s not surprised his town is at the top of the list. “A whole lot of it has to do with the community. The community desires that this be a safe place to live,” he said.
Webb said the mayor and city council provide the necessary resources to the public safety departments. He said his department is well-equipped for a town of just 5,710. Other towns of the same size have twice the crime but don’t get the resources his department receives.
Almost all his officers are involved in community activities whether it is coaching sports or serving in local government, Webb said. He said a good example is Sgt. Scott Newman. A longtime member of the county school board, Newman is also a middle and high school sports coach.
“I believe the police force should be involved in the community, mentoring our young men and letting them know that the police are their friends,” Newman said.
Rankings were also determined based on the size of the city. Among the safest big cities Brentwood ranked No. 1. Among mid-sized cities White House was first. Loudon was first among small cities.
To rank the cities Value Penguin collected data from the 2013 FBI crime statistics by city, which provides the most recent crime data available. Not every town participates in the report. Towns with fewer than 3,000 residents were excluded because towns with small populations are more sensitive to crime score fluctuations for fewer crimes committed.
The raw data report included property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson), and violent crimes (murder/manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) from all law enforcement agencies that chose to partake in the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program
The data was standardize to reflect violent and property crimes per 100,000, to account for population. A crime score was aggregated by weighting violent crime at 90 percent and property crime at 10 percent.
Though property crime is more prevalent, researchers figured that violent crime is more concerning to town residents. The score was then adjusted for population size, giving more slack to larger cities. The cities were then ranked based on their crime scores.
Being designated as the safest city in the state is quite an achievement. Much credit should go to the citizens on the city and their law enforcement professionals.
Maybe it's just me, but when I first read this story I couldn't help but remember the Andy Griffith show Crime-Free Mayberry.
The town of Mayberry is awarded with having the lowest crime rate in the country. Two men posing as an FBI agent and press photographer come to Mayberry to congratulate the town. Andy, Barney, and the rest of the town do not realize that the two are actually imposters and partners in crime preparing to rob the Mayberry Bank. Andy discovers during the award ceremony that all is not what it seems, and catches the photographer in the act of opening the vault. Barney, naturally agrees with Andy's findings after first gleaming in the glory of his and Andy's sharp police work.
Be on the look out for any FBI men showing up in Loudon.