Study shows ‘safe’ communities

From the “Safest Cities in Michigan” study released recently, The Leader is happy to say, “we live in a pretty good part of the world.”
The study showed that both Oxford and Addison townships were top ranking safest small towns in Michigan. Addison Township was #6 and Oxford is the #22 safest.
The study was by the group AdvisorSmith. They used crime reports published by the FBI. Their study analyzed violent and property crimes from seven large cities,130 midsize cities, and 282 small cities. Crime scores were calculated for each city, and the cities were segmented by population size and ranked to find the safest places in Michigan.
According to their study:
Addison Township had a crime score of 5.9. Oxford had a total crime score of 13.1. Both are “well below the average of 45 for small towns with under 10,000 residents,” the report said.
Addison’s violent crime rate was .01; Oxford’s violent crime rate was 3.3 per 1,000 residents, compared with an average of 12.4 per 1,000 across all small towns.
Both Addison and Oxford townships’ property crime rate was 2.2. Statewide, the average property crime rate in small towns was 14.6 per 1,000.

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