The City of Daphne was No. 6 on a list of safest cities in Alabama compiled by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.
Helena, Hoover, Vestavia Hills, Pleasant Grove and Northport were ranked above Daphne. Baldwin County’s only other entry, Foley, came in at No. 8.
In a post on his official Facebook page, Daphne Mayor Dane Haygood said he was pleased with the results.
“Our city is consistently in the top 10 annually,” Haygood wrote. “It speaks volumes for the quality and character of our community and special thanks to our men and women in blue from the Daphne Police Department who are there to respond when duty calls. The presence, professionalism and community policing model of our DPD are major deterrents to crime and help keep Daphne the safe and family-oriented community on which we pride ourselves.”
To identify the safest cities in Alabama, the National Council reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. The group eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.
Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped us draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.
There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”
The group computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes and then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population.
According to the release, Daphne had 34 violent crimes and 556 property crimes.