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Decatur ranked 3rd safest city in Indiana in report from home security company

July 31, 2014

Due primarily, one can only assume, to a heavy police presence at local big box stores, Decatur has been rated as the third safest city in Indiana. DDD file photo

    The city of Decatur has been named the third safest city in Indiana by Safewise.com, a home security company based in Salt Lake City, Utah, whose website claims it is “the authority on safety and home security news.”
    The list of Indiana’s safest cities was compiled using FBI crime report data from 2102, including cities with 5,000 or more residents. Using FBI statistics for violent crime, including aggravated assault, rape, murder and robbery, as well as property crimes such as arson, burglary, larceny/theft and motor vehicle theft, Safewise.com calculated the chance of these crimes happening per one thousand in order to create a level the playing field.
    That’s where Decatur finished third, trailing only Zionsville and Bargersville as the state’s safest city.
    “It’s very satisfying, it’s a very good thing,” said Mayor John Schultz when contacted Tuesday. “This is what we strive for. It’s really great news.”
    Here’s what Safewise had to say about Decatur, which was given a rating of 74 violent crimes per 1,000 and 6.99 property crimes per 1,000: “Dedicated to community prosperity, Decatur’s future looks bright. One organization committed to enhancing citizen’s health and happiness is Greater Decatur, a group formed two years ago under direction of the mayor. Its mission is to “attract, retain and engage citizens though quality of life and economic prosperity” by establishing long-term priorities for the greater community.”
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