CRIME WATCH: Satellite Beach Rated Safest City in Florida By Alarms.org
By Space Coast Daily // January 23, 2019
Alarms.org reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Satellite Beach has been named as the safest city in Florida, according to a study by Alarms.org.
To identify the safest cities in Florida, Alarms.org reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics.
A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147.
However, the study eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.
Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.
There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes.
According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force.
Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims.”
Also computed was the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes.
Alarm.org then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population.
Then calculations transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1.
Next, Alarm.org computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (TotalCrimes/Number of police employees).
“We consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. We transformed and normalized this police adequacy variable also, resulting in a score between 0 and 1. Finally, we combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.”
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