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Northern Virginia leads Va. in “safest cities” list; Manassas Park ranked third

Feeling safe while tooling around Northern Virginia? You should. National Council for Home Safety and Security has announced its ranking of the Safest Cities in Virginia for 2018. The top ten cities are:

1. Blacksburg
2. Vienna
3. Manassas Park
4. Poquoson
5. Williamsburg
6. Fairfax City
7. Falls Church
8. Herndon
9. Leesburg
10. Alexandria

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To identify the safest cities, the Council reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with its own population data and internal research. The Council said it eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.

The cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes assigned a value 1.5 times (due to their severity) that of property crimes.

The report was formally released on February 20, 2018.

The National Council for Home Safety and Security is a trade association comprised of home security professionals across the United States. The council advocates for safe communities and home safety with a strong focus on community involvement.

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