TIFFIN, OH (TiffinOhio.net News) — Backgroundchecks.org recently released its list of the Top 100 Safest Cities in Ohio. Tiffin again ranked on the list, coming in at No. 16.
Tiffin Police Department Chief Fred W. Stevens said in a Facebook post earlier this week, “Everyone at the Police Department works hard every shift to make this great City a safe one. I’m super proud of them for being recognized for their endeavors.”
Stevens then went on to explain why the city isn’t ranked even higher than 16th safest. “Have to put my Chief hat on for a second and please ask everyone to keep their vehicles and garages locked up!,” Stevens said.
“The overwhelming reason we aren’t even higher on that list is strictly due to our high property crimes (thefts). If we can shave off the hundred or more thefts from vehicles/garages a year (all unlocked), we would be crushing it! Let’s stop making it easier on the criminals and lock our stuff up!,” Stevens continued.
Tiffin’s Safety Index score was 0.54, which is based on FBI crime statistics and law enforcement employment numbers per 1,000 residents to judge the safety of a community.
Stevens said crimes in most categories are extremely low for a city the size of Tiffin.
The chief said the majority of crimes for Tiffin according to FBI statistics are property crime, specifically larceny and thefts. There were 404 thefts reported in 2018 and 331 reported in 2017.
Mayor Aaron Montz congratulated Stevens on the rank and said he is proud that Tiffin continues to be among the safest cities in the state and county: “The men and women who serve in the Tiffin Police Department continue to make Tiffin a great place to live, and I congratulate Chief Stevens and his department for helping Tiffin to again rank on this list.”
According to Backgroundchecks.org, Ohio has the 25th lowest property crime rate and 18th lowest violent crime rate in the United States. In all, 50 Ohio cities earned a Safety Index score of 0.3 or above, meaning they are very safe communities to live in, while 13 recorded a 0.6 or above, placing them in the upper echelon of U.S. cities in terms of safety.
Backgroundchecks.org based its rankings on 2,929 cities in Ohio with populations above 10,000. The website calculated violent crime rates and property crime rates by dividing the crime numbers by the population to get rates per 1,000. It also calculated the ratio of law enforcement workers to per 1,000. These were weighted with -50% for the violent crime rate, -25% for the property crime rate, and +25% for the law enforcement rate. The safety index score was the result of that metric, and the higher the number, the more safe the city is.
For the complete results, visit https://backgroundchecks.org/safest-cities-in-ohio.html.