West Salem - One of the 50 Safest Cities in WI - 2015
Wisconsin offers the best of America, especially when it comes to football, cheese, and beer. Beyond that, this state boasts ample rivers, miles of lakeshore, and plenty of cities that make you feel like you stepped into a Norman Rockwell painting.
The Badger State is full of safe, family-friendly communities where neighbors become friends. And 34 of these 50 safest cities are making their second appearance on our list, which exemplifies how seriously Wisconsin takes public safety.
46. West Salem
This tight-knit community certainly makes safety a top priority every day. In fact, there were just three violent crime incidents reported in 2013. The West Salem police believe the key to community safety is communication. To keep their city in the know, the police department set up a crime map and uses their Safety Tip of the Month to bring awareness to critical crime prevention tactics.
Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.61
Property Crimes per 1,000: 14.24
How We Chose the Safest Cities in Wisconsin
To determine Wisconsin’s 50 safest cities, we looked at the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2013. We cut out any cities with a population below 3,500 residents and any city that did not submit a complete crime report to the FBI.
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From there, we evaluated each remaining city based on the number of reported violent crimes (robbery, murder, aggravated assault, rape) and property crimes (arson, burglary, motor vehicle theft, larceny-theft). Finally, in order to put every city on a level playing field, we calculated the chance of these crimes happening out of 1,000 people in each city.
Of the 50 cities that made our list, 16 percent of them reported no incidents of violent crime in 2013, and there were only two counts of murder reported overall. In addition, 66 percent of the cities on our list had no reports of arson and 13 cities reported no incidents of motor vehicle theft.
Smart community policing strategies and innovative safety initiatives help make these 50 cities stand out. If you’re thinking about moving to Wisconsin, or live there already, be sure to check out the cities that made the cut. No matter what brought you to this list today, it’s always smart to know how to improve your safety. Take a look at our Wisconsin Safety Directory for simple, pragmatic ways to help make sure you and your loved ones stay safe.