Kentucky Crime Rates


Kentucky was below the national average for most types of crime, excluding forcible rape and larceny in 2010. Crime rates were mixed between 2009 and 2010, with violent crime and assaults down, but the number of rapes, instances of property crime and auto-theft up.

Murders were flat at 4.3 per 100,000 people, in comparison to 4.8 nationwide.

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Crime In Kentucky A Mixed Bag

Crime rates were essentially flat in Kentucky between 2009 and 2010, with preliminary numbers from Kentucky's two largest cities, Lexington and the Louisville metro area, looking similar. Kentucky has tried to combat crime by instituting new programs, such as "Text a Tip", which allows citizens to text tips about crimes to the police.

Once the tip is texted, you receive instant confirmation to your phone to let you know the tip has been received. The tips are completely confidential, and may be good for those that want to help but don't want to call or go to the police station. Meanwhile, prescription drug abuse has driven the crime rate in Kentucky the opposite direction.

More people in Kentucky die from prescription drug overdoses than car accidents. Pills are traded for cash or in a state like Kentucky, which has a history of election fraud, sometimes for votes.

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Best And Worst

The safest city in Kentucky was Villa Hills. With a tiny population of 7,704, Villa Hills saw no violent crime, murders, rapes, robberies, assaults or cases of arson. Wilmore, Edgewood and Taylor Mill were the next three safest cities, all with populations under 10,000.

The largest city of the five safest in Kentucky, ranked fifth, was Fort Thomas. 15,141 people live in Fort Thomas. It saw six violent crimes, no murders, four rapes, one robbery and one assault. The most dangerous city in Kentucky was Covington. With a population of 43,054, Covington had 321 violent crimes but only one murder. Louisville was the third most dangerous city, and by far the largest at a population of 637,428. There were 52 murders, 29,551 cases of property damage and 20,005 cases of larceny in Louisville.

The list was rounded out with Newport ranked two, Radcliff at four and Shively at five.

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