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The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the sixth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 20 Safest Cities in Arkansas for 2020. See if your city made the list.
Arkansas’s violent crime rate is nearly two percentage points higher than the national average, and Arkansas residents report more personal experience with violent crime than most of the country. But residents aren’t more worried about their personal safety—especially in the state’s safest cities.
In our 2020 State of Safety report, 47% of Arkansas respondents said they are concerned about their safety every day. That’s 1% above both the national average this year and the state’s overall level of concern last year.
Despite higher personal experience with both violent and property crime, overall crime rates decreased year over year. Violent crime in the state moved from 5.7 incidents per 1,000 people to 5.4, and property crime improved from 31.4 to 29.1 incidents per 1,000.
Arkansas tied with Louisiana for the third-highest experience with violent crime in the nation.
Unfortunately, that still leaves Arkansas higher than national crime rates (3.7 for violent crime and 22.0 for property crime)—but things are trending in the right direction.
Violent Crime in Arkansas: Fear vs. Reality
Arkansas residents aren’t overly concerned about violent crime, but the crime they’re most worried about is one of the least likely to happen.
Murder by a stranger is the top violent crime concern in the state, with 48% claiming high or very high concern. Nationally, only 36% named murder a high daily concern.
Among the safest cities in Arkansas, there were zero murders reported in 2018.
Statewide there were 216 murders reported in 2018—just 1% of all violent crimes reported in the state.
State of Safety participants feel the most likely violent crime is physical assault by a stranger.
Aggravated assault made up 64% of all violent crime reported among the safest cities, and it accounted for 76% of all violent crime statewide.
Arkansas tied with Louisiana for the state with the third-highest personal experience of violent crime over the past 12 months.
Property Crime in Arkansas: Fear vs. Reality
Break-ins are the biggest property crime concern in Arkansas—68% cited it as their top fear, compared with 58% nationwide. Despite that concern, less than 25% of Arkansas respondents reported using a home security system to deter intruders.
There were a total of 519 burglaries reported among the safest cities, making up 23% of the property crimes reported.
Nationwide, burglary accounted for 17% of all property crime, and in Arkansas it was 22% of all property crimes reported.
Property being stolen was named the most likely crime to occur.
Larceny-theft was 72% of all crime reported among the safest cities, and 70% of all property crime throughout the state.
24% of people surveyed use a home security system, but the most prevalent forms of protection are guard dogs (46%) and firearms (42%).
23% of Arkansas participants don’t use any form of protection or security for their home, despite 34% reporting a personal experience with property crime in the past year.
A Closer Look at Arkansas’s Safest Cities of 2020
For the purposes of this report, the terms “dangerous” and “safest” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.
Cave Springs leaped from number 55 last year to the state’s number one safest city of 2020.
There were only 33 total crimes reported in Cave Springs, and just one was a violent crime.
Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past six. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month testing and evaluating security products and strategies. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her work and contributions in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, HGTV, MSN, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips. Learn more