SafeWise, a home security company, issued a report of its “50 Safest Cities in North Carolina” last week, and Boone is 19th in their report. Their report looked at the most recent FBI crime data from 2012 to analyze and rank the state’s top 50, looking at the FBI Unified Crime Report crime data, which focuses on violent crimes as well as property crimes. From there, it calculates the chances of these crimes happening out of a thousand in order to level the playing field for cities of varying populations. From all the cities in North Carolina, the SafeWise Report narrowed the list down to 50 and assigned rankings according to data provided by the FBI’s UCR report.
Town of Boone Chief of Police Dana Crawford said, “We are very excited to be on this list and it is our hope that the citizens and visitors to Boone and the High Country feel safe.  Not only were we in the top fifty, we were in the top 20.  I can’t say enough about the dedication and hard work that our police officers and staff display every day to help make this community as crime free as possible.” He went on, “But I also think this speaks highly of the people of this community and the partnerships that we have even more than police strategies.  Communities with serious crime issues are generally communities that are experiencing a break down in social structure.  Thankfully, we have a strong social structure which translates to lower crime rates.”
Boone Mayor Andy Ball said, "It is a real honor to be recognized as one of the safest cities in North Carolina.  This is a great community in which to live, visit, work, and play. Our partnerships with Appalachian State University help ensure safety for those pursuing a quality higher education. The Town of Boone continues to seek ways to make our town an even safer and more enjoyable place to live. From pro-active policing to infrastructure improvements, such as bike lanes - we want to be a place where people and businesses can thrive.  Boone was ranked nineteenth on this year's list, and we hope to improve on that number in the future."

The full list of North Carolina’s safest cities can be viewed here: