Lexington ranked third safest city in United States

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Lexington is the third safest city in the country, according to an annual report from SafeWise, a company that tests security solutions.

Virginia Beach, Virginia ranked safest and Honolulu, Hawaii was second safest.

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SafeWise says it determined its rankings based on FBI crime report statistics and population data for 2017, which was the most recent year for which data was available.

Cities with fewer than 300,000 people weren’t included. The rates of crime were calculated per 1,000 people in each city.

“Even though Lexington’s overall violent crime rate rose slightly this year, the city still managed to be one of the nation’s safest. Perhaps that small bump in violent crime is what prompted a coordinated citywide effort to reduce violent crime in 2018. According to the Lexington Police Department, violent crime fell by 13% last year, including a 21% drop in both robberies and murder. The program included strategic partnerships between law enforcement agencies, public safety task forces, and neighborhood meetings,” the report said.