Annual list uses FBI Crime Report stats and specialized criteria LITTLE ELM, TX Based on a combination of statistics reflecting the criminal activity in various categories during 2015 and their own evaluating criteria, Safewise, the online website devoted to providing advice on safety and security, has named Little Elm the fourth safest city in Texas. The website’s previous safest city in Texas list, published last year, had positioned Little Elm in 11th place. Safewise researchers used information from the annual FBI Crime Report covering violent and property crimes self-reported to the federal agency by individual cities at the end of 2015. Violent crimes included aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery. Property crime was defined by burglary, arson, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft. The website then used their own calculations and criteria to determine the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city. Based on these two measures, Safewise extrapolated the list of the 50 safest cities in the state, and issued their findings on their website.
There are a number of websites, organizations, publications, and rating services that produce their own lists based on their specific measurements, but most use the FBI Crime Report numbers as a baseline. Based on Safewise’s numbers, they calculate that, in Little Elm, a violent crime will occur less than once for every 1,000 residents, and a property crime will occur slightly under six times for every 1,000 residents. Safewise publishes its list every spring, using FBI statistics gathered from reports compiled two years previously. For example, the 2018 report, to be issued next spring, will use the FBI Crime Report numbers compiled in 2016. “Little Elm continues to be a safe community,” says Police Chief Rodney Harrison. “While Safewise and other organizations use their own proprietary calculations, they all depend on the FBI’s annual Crime Report, which is applied to all jurisdictions. Residents can feel justified in knowing that our community ranks high among the state’s safest cities and towns.”