Glocester, which tops Rhode Island’s safest cities list for the second consecutive year, is a shining example of why this state is one of the fifteen safest in the country. This proactive city reported just fifty-four total crimes in the FBI’s most recent crime report, and there were zero counts of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, robbery, or motor vehicle theft.
Late last year, the Glocester Police Department was granted Rhode Island State Accreditation—a testament to the department’s commitment to go above and beyond to keep Glocester residents safe. It’s this kind of initiative that we believe helped the state of Rhode Island achieve the twelfth-lowest property crime rate and tie for the eleventh-lowest violent crime rate in the nation.
Overall, Rhode Island’s 2017 safest cities reported a total of two murders, with 80% of our cities reporting none. No city on our list reported more than three robberies, and 60% of them had zero.
When it comes to property crime, 50% of this year’s safest cities reported fewer than 100 incidents, and eight had zero counts of arson. In addition, none of our cities had more than eight motor vehicle thefts, and 70% experienced fewer than twenty-five burglaries.
Every city on our list has violent and property crime rates that are well below both state and national averages—but that doesn’t mean you can forget about personal and home security. Keep reading to see if your city made this year’s list, and then learn how you can contribute to the safety of your home and community by checking out our complete Rhode Island Safety Directory.
How We Chose the Safest Cities in Rhode Island
To identify the safest cities in Rhode Island, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2015, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 5,000 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.
From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.
Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.40 Property Crime per 1,000: 5.01
2. Scituate ↔
Previous Rank: 2
Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.28 Property Crime per 1,000: 7.97
3. Portsmouth ↑
Previous Rank: 9
Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.46 Property Crime per 1,000: 7.94
4. Burrillville ↔
Previous Rank: 4
Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.98 Property Crime per 1,000: 7.54
5. Jamestown ↓
Previous Rank: 3
Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.00 Property Crime per 1,000: 9.28
6. Bristol ↑
Previous Rank: 8
Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.59 Property Crime per 1,000: 8.83
7. South Kingstown ↓
Previous Rank: 5
Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.68 Property Crime per 1,000: 8.83
8. Barrington ↑
Previous Rank: 15
Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.55 Property Crime per 1,000: 9.61
9. Richmond ↓
Previous Rank: 7
Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.53 Property Crime per 1,000: 9.75
10. Hopkinton ↑
Previous Rank: 21
Violent Crime per 1,000: 0.62 Property Crime per 1,000: 10.00
Didn’t see your city rank in the top 10?
Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.
12. North Kingstown
14. East Greenwich
15. West Greenwich
18. North Providence
20. East Providence
21. North Smithfield
24. West Warwick
31. Central Falls
How safe is your home?
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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Written by Rebecca Edwards
Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more