McDONOUGH— Three of Henry County’s cities made the SafeWise’s top 50 safest cities in Georgia list for 2018.
McDonough ranked the highest among Henry’s cities at number 20; Locust Grove followed behind at number 27 and Hampton at number 38.
The ranking system is based on statistics from the 2016 FBI Uniform Crime Report and population data. Crime rates were calculated per 1,000 people in each city to simplify comparisons of the likelihood of a crime happening, the report states.
The survey reports McDonough with a 4.13 percent violent crime rate with 95.87 percent property crimes; Locust Grove was reported to have 2.30 percent violent and 97.70 percent property crimes, while Hampton showed a higher crime rate with 12.90 percent violent and 87.10 percent property crimes.
Violent crimes consisted of aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery, while property crimes entail burglary, arson, larceny theft, and motor vehicle theft.
Cities that fell below identified population thresholds or that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI were excluded from the ranking system.
McDonough also placed number 24 on the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s 2018 top safest cities in Georgia for populations more than 10,000.
“Being recognized as one of the safest cities in Georgia is a great accomplishment,” McDonough City Administrator Keith Dickerson said in a press release. “These rankings reflect the dedication that the mayor and council, along with our newly state-certified Police Department, have in ensuring that the city of McDonough is a safe community in which to live, work and play.”