Thursday, November 19, 2020

Crime ratings show Sumpter as safest small town

Sumpter Township has received a top rating for safety from AdviserSmith, a site which ranks communities according to both violent and property crime.

The ratings, published earlier this year were reprinted on the Sumpter Township Police Facebook page noting that several different sites publish a “safest” cities/ towns lists based on the FBI annual crime reporting. 

These lists are based on the rate of  violent crimes  such as murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault and property crimes like burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson, per 1,000 residents. Each site has a slightly different methodology, giving different weights to the two categories to compile their lists. The most recent rankings from AdviserSmith also categorized the ratings by population; large cities, midsize cities, and small towns. Sumpter Township is evaluated in the small town rating. The AdviserSmith “crime score” is based on that methodology with a lower score equating to less crime in the community. 

Sumpter ranked as the safest small town in the area based on a compilation of the violent crime rate, the property crime rate, and the overall crime score from the site. Ranked from best to worst were: Sumpter Township: 9.7 / 6.7 = 21.1; Augusta Township: 3.3 / 17.7 = 28.0; Canton Township: 9.4 / 10.8 = 28.9; Huron Township: 10.9 / 7.5 = 31.4; Brownstown Township: 10.4 / 8.8 = 32.7; Pittsfield Township: 7.1 / 14.8 = 35.1; City of Belleville: 13.3 / 15.0 = 46.7; Van Buren Township: 16.3 / 19.3 = 53.9 and the City of Romulus: 28.6 / 22.9 = 96.6

The complete list is available at: data/safest-cities-in-michigan/