Safest Cities 2018Indiana’s figures of 6.66 violent crimes per 1,000 inhabitants and 37.68 property crimes per 1,000 are near the average for the U.S. as a whole.

The Hoosier State’s safest community is Zionsville, a small, affluent suburb of Indianapolis. The town of 26,877 reported only 31 violent crimes and 108 property crimes.

Next is St. John (#2), a small town in the northwestern part of the state that posted just 4 violent crimes resulting in an average of .24 violent crimes per 1,000 occupants.

Carmel (#3 on the list) and Fishers (#4) are much larger communities of around 90,000 with very similar crime statistics. Each reported just 25 violent crimes, while Carmel’s rate of 8.86 property crimes per 1,000 slightly bests Fishers’ 10.32. Dyer (#5) is a small town of 15,983 bordering St. John 9 (#2) with comparably low crime rates.

Plymouth is 14th on the list with a population of 10,037.  Last year Plymouth was 19th on the list.  The report shows that Plymouth only had 7 violent crimes resulting in an average of .07 violent crimes per 1,000 occupants.   There were 222 property crimes that resulted in an average of 22.12 property crimes per 1,000 occupants.

To identify the safest cities in Indiana,, the official site of the National Council for Home Safety and Security reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with their own population data and internal research. They eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.

The remaining cities were ranked 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) per 1,000 people.