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Ohio has higher levels of concern about safety than most of the United States—despite lower crime rates. The state’s safest cities of 2020 exemplify why many residents of the Buckeye State should feel safer than they do.
With 56% reporting high concern about their safety on a daily basis, Ohio comes in 10 points above the national average of 46% compared to other states in our State of Safety Survey 2020. Ohio respondents also reported higher personal experiences with crime, which could explain why concern is so high.
Ohio has the highest number of people who’ve experienced violent crime in the past year (24% compared to 12% nationally) and the second-highest number to ever experience a mass shooting (13% versus 7% nationwide). Ohio respondents’ experience with property crime is just one point higher than the national average.
Ohio's reported experience with violent crime is double the national average.
Although reports of personal experience with crime rose year over year, both violent and property crime rates dropped statewide. Violent crime went from 3.0 incidents per 1,000 to 2.8, and property crime fell from 24.1 last year to 21.8.
Violent Crime in Ohio: Fear vs. Reality
It’s not surprising that mass shootings are the top violent crime fear in Ohio, especially with such high reports of people who’ve been affected by one during their lifetime. Residents diverge when it comes to which crime they think is most likely to happen, naming robbery.
42% said they have the highest concern about becoming the victim of a mass shooting, compared to 38% nationally.
Between 2014 and 2019 Ohio has had 78 mass shootings, resulting in 97 dead and 318 injured.
As of May 6, 2020, there have been three mass shootings in Ohio this year, resulting in one death and 26 injured. The largest incident was the motorcycle club shooting in Cleveland that killed one and injured 18.
28% said they felt that being robbed on the street is the violent crime that’s most likely to happen, versus 27% nationwide.
There were only 11 robberies reported among the safest cities. Robbery accounted for 9% of all violent crime in those cities and 28% statewide.
Property Crime in Ohio: Fear vs. Reality
Having a break-in when there’s no one home is the primary property crime concern in Ohio. It’s also the crime thought most likely to occur.
65% are most worried about a break-in when the residents are away, versus 62% nationally.
39% also named a break-in while away from home as the property crime that is most likely to happen to them. Nationwide, 38% agree.
Burglary was the second most prevalent property crime, making up 13% of all incidents in the safest cities and 19% across the state.
Regardless of high concern, just 17% of Ohio respondents have a home security system. The national average is 24%.
Firearms and guard animals are the most common security methods employed in Ohio, with 32% of respondents claiming those security measures. Nationwide, 33% use a guard animal and 28% rely on firearms.
A whopping 37% don’t use anything to protect or secure their home, compared to 29% across the US.
A Closer Look at Ohio’s Safest Cities of 2020
For the purposes of this report, the terms “safest” and “dangerous” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.
SafeWise uses the GVA definition of a mass shooting: “If four or more people are shot or killed in a single incident, not involving the shooter, that incident is categorized as a mass shooting based purely on that numerical threshold.”
Written by Rebecca Edwards
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