Highland Heights Ranked One of the Safest Cities in Kentucky

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By Ryan Clark
Web Marketing + Communications

Highland Heights, of which NKU is an incorporated part, was named the 11th safest city in the state this week according to The SafeWise Report, a feature of the SafeWise home security website, which bills itself as "the authority on safety and home security news."

Editors at the website analyzed FBI Crime Report data from 2012 and used a minimum population requirement of 3,000 people.

"We broke out crimes into two categories, based on the FBI report — violent crimes (murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) and property crimes (burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson) and analyzed these numbers," the report said. "To level the playing field, we calculated these numbers to be occurrences out of 1,000 people to account for cities of different populations. The only exceptions would be the cities that did not report complete data to the FBI and therefore would not be included on this list."

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Highland Heights was named the 11th safest city in the state this week according to The SafeWise Report, a feature of the SafeWise home security website.

Highland Heights came just ahead of cities like Fort Thomas, Edgewood and Morehead. The Louisville suburb of Prospect earned the No. 1 ranking.

"If you’re planning to relocate to Kentucky, you should begin with our comprehensive report, and then check out the Kentucky Safety Directory to help finalize your safety-based decision," the website recommends. "Take your time and you’re sure to uncover the next Kentucky hometown that’s just right for you and your family."

Home to NKU, as well as the Fortune 500 company General Cable, Highland Heights maintained a low violent crime rate for 2012, including no robberies or aggravated assaults reported. "Also community-wide, the city puts on events throughout the year to keep its residents entertained, especially around the holidays, such as Halloween and Christmas," the report noted.

The region around NKU also fared well. Northern Kentucky cities made up six of the top 20 on the list, and 13 of the top 50.