Newnan, PTC ranked in top safest city lists

by Wes Mayer

This week, Newnan and Peachtree City were both ranked in home security website lists, naming them among the safest places to live in Georgia — and, for Peachtree City, the entire United States.

In a study by www.safewise.com ranking the top 50 safest cities in Georgia, Newnan was placed at number 47 and Peachtree City at number 5. The report involved combining data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, taken from 2012, with statistics compiled by SafeWise researchers to find the safest Georgia cities with populations more than 5,000.

According to the report, Newnan was chosen because of the low crime rate and active neighborhood watch programs around the city. SafeWise attributed Newnan’s safety to the Newnan Police Department and its use of new technology to prevent crime.

“I think we’re the safest city in Georgia because we are,” said Newnan Police Chief Douglas “Buster” Meadows. “I think we’re as safe as any of them, and safer than a lot of them.”

About Peachtree City, SafeWise wrote, “Despite its larger population of about 35,000, Peachtree City manages to retain a small town charm about it, particularly in its friendly neighborhoods and community participation… With only six robberies and seven aggravated assaults in 2012, Peachtree City has proven to be one of the safest cities in Georgia.”

The top Georgia city was Auburn, which has a population of about 7,000 and had a total of 76 crimes in 2012, according to SafeWise. Number 2 was Johns Creek, which has a population of more than 80,000, but no reported murders or arsons in 2012.

The full list with brief descriptions of each city’s safety can be seen at http://www.safewise.com/blog/50-safest-cities-georgia/.

“I would like to get a better understanding of the methodology used to develop the ranking,” said Newnan City Manager Cleatus Phillips. “We appreciate the recognition but are working hard to earn a top 10 ranking.”

Peachtree City was also ranked the 86th safest city in the United States by www.neighborhoodscout.com, a site which researched the number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents for every U.S. city with a population of 25,000 or more. At number 86, Peachtree City is considered safer than 64 percent of all cities in the U.S., according to the organization’s findings.

“Our community is safer than most due to our citizens not accepting crime and suspicious activity,” said Peachtree City Police Chief H.C. “Skip” Clark in a prepared statement. “The citizens of Peachtree City take personal responsibility toward crime prevention by reporting any and all suspicious activity and crime, which allows our officers to respond appropriately. We would not be successful in our crime prevention efforts without the partnership with our community.”

According to the NeighborhoodScout data, which was drawn from a combination of data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Bureau of the Census in 2012, the national median of crimes per square mile throughout the year was 39.3 — Peachtree City had an average of 18.

With violent crime, such as murder, robbery, assault or sexual crime, the national median was 3.9 per 1,000 residents, according to NeighborhoodScout. In Georgia, the median was 3.79 — in Peachtree City, the median was 0.43. In other words, the chances of becoming a victim in Georgia is 1 and 264, and in Peachtree City it is 1 and 2,342.

Two other Georgia cities made the NeighborhoodScout list — Milton ranked 46th, and Johns Creek, which ranked highly in SafeWise’s list, ranked 6th safest city in the U.S. The full list can be seen at http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/neighborhoods/crime-rates/top100safest/.



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