West Point, Starkville make 'safe city' lists

Steve Rogers
Staff Writer

New rankings are out for the safest cities in Mississippi and West Point makes some of them. 

According to the National Council for Home Safety and Security, West Point is the eighth-safest in the state. 

Overall, crime in the state is in line with national averages. It ranks 40th in property crime rate with first being the lowest. Violent crime levels are below national averages with a ratio of 0.77 based upon 2.67 violent crimes per 1,000 versus the national average figure of 3.47. Property crime is slightly under national levels, at 36.91 against the national figure 40.43. 

Madison ranks as the state’s safest city with Brandon, Byram, Ridgeland, Oxford, Brookhaven, and Horn Lake ahead of West Point in the top 10. 

Southaven and Ocean Springs round out the top 10. 

According to the Alarm.org’s stats, West Point had 49 violent crimes last year and 276 property crimes which translated into a violent crime rate of 4.53 per 1,000 people and a property crime rate of 25.515 per 1,000. 

Starkville was 12th on the list with 41 violent crimes and 922 property crimes for a 1.586 violent crime rate and 35.665 property crime rate. 

West Point had the state’s fourth-lowest property crime rate, according to the list while Starkville’s was 10th lowest. Starkville had the eighth-lowest violent crime rate while West Point was not in the top 10. 

The rankings were based on numbers provided in the FBI Uniform Crime Statistics scaled for population and a police adequacy statistic. 

Interestingly, a separate listing by Niche.com didn’t rank West Point or Starkville in the top 25 but did put Amory, Ackerman and Fulton in that group. 

Oxford was fifth on a list put out by Safewise.com, but the list only named the top 5. 

Another top 10 ‘safest cities’ list by homesnacks.net had Oxford ninth but didn’t include Starkville or West Point. 

All the lists rely in some way on the FBI Crime statistics.