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PC named 3rd safest city in WV

By Staff | Nov 12, 2014

The serene nature of this photograph doesn’t lie. Paden City has been named the third safest city in West Virginia according to a SafeWise Report. (Photo by Bill Abraham)

Paden City has been named the third safest city in West Virginia according to a SafeWise Report.

To compile the report, SafeWise used the most recent Federal Bureau of Investigation crime data from 2012 to analyze and rank these cities, which all have a minimum population of 1,500 people.

SafeWise looked at crimes from part 1 of the FBI Unified Crime Report (UCR) reported crime data, which focuses on violent crimes (aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder, and robbery) as well as property crimes (arson, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). From there, they calculated the chances of these crimes happening out of 1,000, in order to level the playing field for cities of varying populations. From all the cities in West Virginia, they narrowed the list down to 10 and assigned rankings according to data provided by the FBI’s UCR report.

“We dug deep and really tried putting ourselves into our reader’s shoes in order to understand what makes us all feel safe or unsafe in a city,” said a press release. “We feel that these numbers help get to the heart of the issue: what are the chances of crime happening to you or your loved ones?”

Paden City not only has a reputation as a safe place to call home, reporting no violent crimes in 2012 and just one property crime, it’s also known for community cohesiveness. For example, it’s not uncommon for friends, neighbors, and relatives to get together and spend the weekend at Paden City Park and Campgrounds.

Strategically positioned along the banks of the Ohio River, campers enjoy access to a boat launch, fishing pier, and boat docks. Kids enjoy spending days cooling off in the park’s swimming pool, shooting baskets, or taking part in a game of pick-up beach volleyball. Moms and dads enjoy family walks on a trail that traverses the park, and feel good knowing their kids can enjoy a taste of adventure and freedom in a safe locale.

The other West Virginia cities on this list were: first, Stonewood; second, Kingwood; fourth, White Sulphur Springs; fifth, Eleanor; sixth, Romney; seventh, Weston; eighth, Harrisville; ninth, Ripley; and tenth, Winfield.

“The cities we spotlighted on this list prove why West Virginia is the 15th safest state in America,” SafeWise security analyst Alexia Chianis said. “Although each city on our list has its own flavor, all of them share a strong sense of pride and a deeply-rooted commitment to community service.”

SafeWise is a community-focused security organization that is the source for everything safety and security. They help consumers compare security providers so they can best protect homes the way you want to. The SafeWise Report provides resources to help make homes and communities a safer place. They provide home security tips and tools, as well as the most recent news in the safety industry.