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And the Safest Towns in Rhode Island Are. . .

Towns in South County dominate the list, but Portsmouth, Bristol and Barrington have good showings in Movoto Blog's rankings.

Source: Flickr user Cynthia Donovan
Source: Flickr user Cynthia Donovan
Real estate research site Movado has compiled a list of the 10 safest communities in Rhode Island and it's no surprise that the list is mostly rural communities with a strong presence in South County.

The town of Richmond led the pack, followed by Scituate, Little Compton, East Greenwich, Barrington and Glocester.

In 7th is the Aquidneck Island community of Portsmouth, followed by South Kingstown, North Kingstown and Bristol holding up the rear at no 10.

The report relies heavily on the FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2012 for its data and the rankings are based the numbers of murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts and vehicle thefts.

Fourth-place East Greenwich is described as a "very safe" community with a no murders, rapes or assaults reported in 2012 but there were eight robberies per 100,000 people.

Barrington ranked sixth lowest for violent crime, property crime and total crime, which means residents there have just a 1 in 88 chance of being a victim of a crime. 

"Residents there can breathe easy knowing that they live in one of the safest towns in the state," the report states.

In Portsmouth, the report describes it as a "really beautiful place to call home" with the town ranking 11th in property crime, which isn't the best but "is still a pretty decent score."

South Kingstown residents have just a 1 in 102 chance of being a victim of a crime here, which is one of the lowest chances on the list. But its large population — the largest in the top 10 — skews crime figures upward, which hurts its ranking.

North Kingstown, meanwhile, does well with violent crime rankings but "only fared about middle of the pack for property crime rank," the report states. Victims here have a 1 in 60 chance of being a victim.

In Bristol, residents have a 1 in 84 chance of being a victim of any crime.

To check out the full data and read the entire report, check out Movato Blog.
Peter A. Filippi III May 18, 2014 at 12:02 PM
I wish you two would go to Johnstonsunrise.net and click on opinions and letters to the editor and comment on my last 3 commentaries, "Where's the money going", "A call for an end to apathy" and Our financial freedoms are at stake"... The truth is as a conservative I have more concern for your children than you do; what a tragedy indeed.
RS May 18, 2014 at 12:09 PM
Yeah, read them, it's all the same story. You get half the story and make up the rest. Privatize cops, great idea Pete. Fewer cops on the street, great idea Pete. Maybe the next time someone is breaking into your house you can feel safe knowing a security guard is on his way but it will be 20 minutes.
Peter A. Filippi III May 18, 2014 at 12:12 PM
Let me add one more thing, if it was up to people like RS and Leo people in this country wouldn't even have the right to complain; communist's indeed. The sad thing is one day your children's children will be at the mercy of people like you... Remember what Khrushchev said in 1960 as he stood before the United Nations banging his shoe on the podium. Yes, he was talking about Leo and RS and their government labor union loyalists...
RS May 18, 2014 at 07:35 PM
Wow Peter, you calling someone concerned about safety a communist. Guess you weren't smart enough to actually know what communism is......
Derek Duchemin May 19, 2014 at 09:21 AM
Wow I dint think any part of Rhode Island was safe, this kinda raises my respect for Rhode Island (not by much).

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