Logansport named state’s 12th safest city

An independent organization that examines crime rates throughout the nation has again accorded Logansport with one of its highest recognitions. (See the rankings here.)

Safewise rated Logansport Indiana’s 12th safest city. Its violent crime rate of 1.36 per 1,000 residents also was the 12th lowest in the state. Logansport was rated 10th safest in the state last year, and its drop was attributed to improvements by Chesterton which advanced from no rating to seventh and West Lafayette which improved from 14th to 10th.

Two of Logansport’s peer cities placed slightly ahead of Logansport. Frankfort was eighth and Vincennes 11th.

“This again speaks well of our public safety personnel, our city council and our Board of Public Works and Safety,” Mayor Dave Kitchell said today. “We’ve consistently been ranked in the top 25 in public safety every year for the past four years and the top 10 twice. City support such as issuing take-home police cars and reformulating a city/county drug task force has made an impact.”

Fifty-six percent of people surveyed by the organization in Indiana said their greatest public safety concern is violent crime. It was the No. 1 concern expressed by respondents.

While low crime rates are traditionally tied to high-income communities, Logansport ranked 19th in the top 20 in per capita income.

St. John led the ratings followed by Carmel, Dyer, Crown Point and Fishers. Kokomo, Lafayette, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Evansville, Elkhart and Indianapolis did not make the top 20.

SOURCE: News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell