9 NWI cities earn spots on 20 Safest Cities List


Nine towns and cities in Northwest Indiana — many of which have made the annual list more than once — have been named some of the safest places in the state, according to a recent safety research report.

St. John, with a population of roughly 17,000 residents, held onto the No. 1 spot in the 20 Safest Cities in Indiana 2019 report by SafeWise, a professional website that tests, reviews and compares home safety products and home security companies.

Dyer followed in third, Crown Point fourth, Chesterton seventh, Munster ninth, Valparaiso 14th, Griffith 15th, Highland 16th and Hobart finishing out the state’s list at 20th.
The rankings are based on 2017 (the most up-to-date) FBI crime report statistics and census population data, according to SafeWise. The report focuses on violent crimes — aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery — per 1,000 people in each town/city. If there is a tie, the number of reported property crimes — burglary, arson, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft — is factored.

The Northwest Indiana Times reported more details about each community.  Click here to read the full article.