Rhode Island is the smallest state in the U.S., but it is big on crime prevention. In fact, according to recent FBI Crime Report data, The Ocean State reported roughly 30 percent less incidents of violent crime than the average American state.
No city on our 10 safest cities in Rhode Island list reported a murder, and half of the cities also didn’t report any forcible rapes or robberies. All in all, the average violent crime rate of the cities listed below was .47 per 1,000 residents, which is less than 1 incident per 1,000 people and 88 percent less than the national average. A few cities enjoyed an even lower violent crime rate. For example, Richmond had no reported incidents of violent crime and East Greenwich reported just one incident.
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The safe cities average property crime rate was also impressive low, ranging from 4 incidents per 1,000 to 14 incidents per 1,000. To put that into perspective, the average community in American reports 27 property crimes per 1,000 citizens, so these Rhode Island cities are really doing impressive things to keep their residents safe.
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We found Rhode Island’s dedication to developing a highly professional law enforcement community admirable. Its Teaching Police Department Initiative (TPDI) is a collaborative effort between Roger Williams University and police practitioners and serves as an example of pioneering programming that’s working to advance the “profession of policing.”
Once you’ve become familiar with the safest cities in Rhode Island, explore the wealth of security and safety information found in our Rhode Island Safety Directory. In addition to the latest information on crime prevention programs, state-wide disaster resources and domestic violence resources, you’ll also have the chance to explore an interactive map of the most (and least) burglarized counties in the state.
How We Chose the Safest Cities in Rhode Island
We followed a specific protocol to identify the 10 safest cities in Rhode Island. First, we narrowed the list of cities on the FBI Crime Report down to those with a population of over 4,000 residents in 2012. From there, we looked at the number of Violent Crimes (murder, aggravated assault, robbery and forcible rape) as well as Property Crimes (burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, and larceny-theft) that were reported in each city. Finally, to create a level playing field and make it easy to compare cities with various populations, we calculated the chance of these crimes happening out of 1,000 people.
The annual FBI Crime Report is considered a reputable source for crime statistics, but it’s important to note that not every city in Rhode Island reported complete data to the FBI. If you think there is a safe city missing from our list, it could be because its law enforcement agency did not report complete data to the FBI and that caused it to be removed from consideration.
These are the 10 safest cities in Rhode Island.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .61
Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.31
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .38
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.43
3. South Kingstown
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .85
Property Crimes per 1,000: 8.94
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .00
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.81
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .86
Property Crimes per 1,000: 10.42
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .36
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.00
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .65
Property Crimes per 1,000: 11.31
8. East Greenwich
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .07
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.38
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .60
Property Crimes per 1,000: 13.68
Violent Crimes per 1,000: .28
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.48
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