Ranking based on FBI crime data

Havelock has been designated the sixth safest city among other municipalities with populations between 10,000 and 25,000 in North Carolina.

The consumer research company ValuePenguin analyzed the most recent statistics from FBI crime reports to establish the rankings in 115 communities with populations of at least 5,000.

Pinehurst was determined the safest overall. Havelock’s overall placement among all cities was 16th. For violent crime, Havelock was 12th safest, and for property crime, the 16th safest.

“I was quite happy about it,” said Havelock Police Chief David Magnusson. “It says a lot for the city and for the men and women that go out there each and every day and night, and of course the city in keeping eyes on things.

“We have had an uptick on some things, like property crimes and car break-ins and stuff like that, but looking back at the statistics, it was confined to a three-month area and it dealt with two or three people.”

Magnusson said the Uniform Crime Report is used to generate the statistics.

“As far as violent crimes, they have not increased. That is always good to see. We had no homicides last year,” said Magnusson. “When you see these declines, you feel good about it.”

According to its website, ValuePenguin provides resources and information to provide consumers objective analysis to make decisions on a variety of topics such as selecting the best credit cards or best auto insurance.

The complete safe city listings and rankings can been viewed online at www.valuepenguin.com/2016/safest-places-north-carolina.