Montevideo has been ranked as the ninth safest city in Minnesota, according to a report released by SafeWise on Feb. 12, 2018.

Montevideo has been ranked as the ninth safest city in Minnesota, according to a report released by SafeWise on Feb. 12, 2018.

SafeWise is an organization that helps make informed decisions about safety solutions. Their mission is to “provide helpful reviews, insightful tips, comprehensive resources, and valuable safety information in one convenient place.”

In order to identify and rank the safest cities in the state, they reviewed the FBI crime report statistics and population data for 2016. The evaluation is based on the number of reported violent crimes in each city, including aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery. In the event of a tie, property crimes were also factored in. These include burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft.

In order to directly compare the likelihood of crimes occurring in cities with vastly different populations, they calculated the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city. Cities that fell below the identified population threshold of 4,367 or that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI were excluded from the ranking system.

The population of Montevideo in the report was 5,184. The total violent crimes per 1,000 people was 0.39, and the total property crimes for the city were 15.66. The percentages for crime were 1.89 percent for violent crime and 98.11 percent for property crime.

Minnesota is one of the safest states in the nation, and its overall crime rate is the lowest it’s been in 50 years. The latest FBI crime report data shows that the state has seen a 24 percent drop in murder rates along with a near 4 percent decline in property crime since 2015.

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