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Old 10-24-2007, 04:55 PM
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OK, so I've decided on the cities and towns I plan to visit when I come out in a week. The problem is that I've started looking at crime indexes and every single one is higher than the city I live in. We have a crime index of 79 and I
haven't found anything even close to that. My city has 22,000 people living in it -- don't know if the size makes a difference.

Input anyone???
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Old 10-24-2007, 05:20 PM
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Hmm, hard to say. Maybe take a look at the types of crime you are seeing reported. Around my neighborhood, there are a lot of thefts from unlocked cars. I don't like it, but I haven't heard of any sort of violent crime. I also see "graffiti" on these crime maps (with a different name that much more serious). I also wonder if these indices are uniform nationally. And you could argue that if someone reports some missing property and the police don't show up, it wouldn't even make it in the data, whereas if the police show up and make a report, it would. I don't mean to seem like I'm dismissing any statistics, just exploring some possible questions and issues ...
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Old 10-24-2007, 07:21 PM
Location: Apex, North Carolina [Shepherds Vineyard Subdivision]
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Smile Crime And Statistics

Be careful with that. Crime Index statistics are sometimes skewed in smaller cities compared to larger ones. The city I live in is in the top 5 of the USA currently [Thousand Oaks, CA] and it's a city of 100,000 plus surrounded by 4other communities which don't get the same hype [except Simi Valley or sometimes Moorpark which sometimes also make the top 10 list] but some are probably safter than T.O. in reality, they just don't get ranked [like Newbury Park, Westlake Village, Agoura] because of there smaller size. I found Boone County in Northern Kentucky to be very safe statistically overall, but it all depended on where you were.

Example: I would feel extremely safe around Union or western Florence area's, but maybe not so much by eastern Florence or up towards Newport. My Thousand Oaks indexes far safer than almost every city of the same size in KY, yet personally I know there are area's of Thousand Oaks [actually just a block away from my house] that I would be nervous to let my daughters and wife walk alone at night in, yet would feel no worries in let's say Prospect or Union.

So my point is yes, some cities themselves might not index as well, but the towns don't get rated as accurately due to there smaller size and of course you have to take in consideration the outer lining Suburbs which are even safer. Every city or even town might have there "bad" area's, you just have to know where that is, and avoid it, plus of course use some common sense. Bigger the city, more likely it will have a bigger area with a problem [Louisville actually ranks quite safe for it's size compared to let's say Cincinnati!].

I have found out that large parts of southern and eastern Louisville [Jefferson County east/south, and all of Oldham County] are extremely safe, and I'm sure there are hundreds more towns and surrounding area's that the locals would say "crime, what crime?"

I too am going back out in just 2 weeks for more scoping out, let me know what you think of the area's you get to see. Good luck, and don't worry. You will love it, I did!
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