SafeWise Update: Hurricane and Flooding Preparation
July 12, 2019
Louisiana is under a national state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Barry, which is expected to make landfall late today or early tomorrow morning. Flash flood watches are in effect, and people are urged to brace for the storm—either sheltering in place or getting to higher ground.
It’s not too late to prepare for Tropical Storm Barry. Use the resources below to get started.
SafeWise is happy to release our fifth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 10 Safest Cities in Louisiana for 2019. See if your city made the list.
Louisiana continues to battle higher crime rates, but the state’s overall violent crime rate saw a slight drop this year. The Pelican State came in at 8.49 violent crimes per 1,000 people, compared to 8.62 last year. It’s encouraging to see improvement, but the state is still far above the national rate of 4.49.
Each city on our list came in well below both state and national rates for violent crime. No city reported more than 2.5 violent crime incidents per 1,000 people, although each did have some violent crime in 2017.
In a twist, one city (Addis) reported zero incidents of property crime. In fact, Addis reported only nine total crimes, but they were all violent, which is why this city landed the number five spot. Addis isn’t the only city to keep property crime low—every city that made our list came in under the state property crime rate of 46.77, which is almost 20 points higher than the national rate of 27.11.
Seven of Louisiana’s safest cities made the list for the second year in a row.
80% of the cities were murder-free in 2017.
70% reported zero counts of arson.
Property crime is the most concerning safety issue, according to our State of Safety report, but Louisiana is also highly concerned about environmental issues like floods and water quality.
72% are worried about floods—almost 64% higher than the national average of 44%.
25% reported a personal experience with environmental issues in the past year, which is 32% higher than the national average of 19%.
Beyond Safest Cities: What Are the Biggest Safety Concerns in Your State?
Crime statistics are one thing, but do they line up with what people are really worried about when it comes to safety? To find out, SafeWise conducted a nationwide survey. See what the biggest safety concern is in your state—and learn more about what your neighbors are nervous about—in our State of Safety report.
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How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere
Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.
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