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.

Learn more about how we rank our Safest Cities reports.

1. Glocester 

Previous Rank: 1

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.

11. Cumberland 12. North Kingstown 13. Narragansett
14. East Greenwich 15. West Greenwich 16. Smithfield
17. Charlestown 18. North Providence 19. Tiverton
20. East Providence 21. North Smithfield 22. Johnston
23. Coventry 24. West Warwick 25. Middletown
26. Westerly 27. Cranston 28. Warwick
29. Lincoln 30. Warren 31. Central Falls
32. Woonsocket 33. Pawtucket 34. Newport
35. Providence

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.

To learn more about the home security options available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security Systems of 2018 or select the city nearest you in the drop down menu below.

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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

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