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Posted on: March 12, 2019

Guymon, OK - 5th Safest City in Oklahoma

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March 11, 2019

The City of Guymon has been named as one of the Top 5 safest cities in Oklahoma. 

The National Council for Home Safety and Security through their Alarms.org site has ranked the City of Guymon as the 5th safest city in the State of Oklahoma.

Methodology - To identify the safest cities in Oklahoma, they reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics. A total of 7,639 cities were factored into this ranking with populations ranging from 7,639 to 4,007,147. However, they eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.

Overall, data from 8,793 law enforcement agencies that represented more 193 million of the US population helped them draw interesting insights between the size of the police force and incidence of crime.

There are two broad classifications of crimes: violent crimes and non-violent crimes. According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims. ”

They computed the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. They then rated them using the population of the city and created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population. Then they transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and we normalized it so the final number became a score between 0 and 1.

Next, they computed a new variable called Police Adequacy (Total Crimes / Number of police employees). They consider that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. They transformed and normalized this police adequacy variable also, resulting in a score between 0 and 1. Finally, they combined the two scores to create a safety score for each city.

The National Council for Home Safety and Security is a national trade association comprised of licensed alarm installers, contractors, and other relevant trade groups across the United States. Our stated goal is to further industry education and public knowledge about home safety and security.

Contact the City Manager’s Office at 580-338-3396 for more information.

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