Rhode Island is one of the safest states in the nation, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report. However, some towns are safer than others. Roadsnacks.com compiled a list of the 10 most dangerous towns Rhode Island. It only included towns with populations of 5,000 or more people, and used data from the FBI Uniform Crime Report to look at the number of violent crimes and property crimes in each place.
Rhode Island’s largest city (and the third largest in New England) has the highest number of property crimes in the state and the second highest number of violent crimes. If you live in Providence, you have a 1 in 22 chance of being the victim of property crime.
2. Central Falls
Central Falls holds the distinction of the town with the highest rate of violent crime in Rhode Island. Violent crime includes rape, aggravated assault, robberies and murder. Central Falls’ rate of violent crime increase 10 percent between 2011 and 2013.
Residents in Newport have a 1 in 24 chance of being the victim of a property crime, and the city is second in Rhode Island for those types of crimes. However, the rate of property crimes dropped 10 percent since 2011.
Woonsocket has the third highest rate of violent crime in the state. The rate for these types of crimes went up 39 percent between 2011 and 2013.
Pawtucket has a population of 73,305 and is third in the state for property crime and fifth for violent crimes. Residents have a 1 in 31 chance of suffering from a property crime here.
The town of Warren dropped its violent crime rate 50% between 2011 and 2013. It now ranks as ninth most violent in the state.
Even though Cranston’s violent crime rate increased 45 percent between 2011 and 2013, residents there only have a 1 in 535 chance of experiencing violent crime. The town ranks ninth for property crime.
Warwick’s percentage of violent crimes rose 11 percent between 2011 and 2013, but property crimes dropped 9 percent.
9. West Warwick
Just slightly behind Warwick, West Warwick ranks sixth for violent crime. It ranks 14th for property crime. Crime has dropped as much as 35 percent between 2011 and 2013.
The small town of Tiverton has just 15,792 residents. Unfortunately, violent crime rose 50 percent between 2011 and 2013, which landed it in 10th spot on this list.
These communities all have wonderful things about them – do you live in one of these places?