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Vienna Ranked Sixth-Safest 'City' in Virginia by Security Company

Vienna Ranked Sixth-Safest 'City' in Virginia by Security Company

A new ranking dubbed the " SafeWise Report" recently released its “30 Safest Cities in Virginia” report and Vienna (we know, Vienna is a town, not a city) came out #6 on the list. 

Vienna was sandwiched between (#5) Colonial Beach and (#7) Blacksburg on the list. The town of Broadway, Va. came in at #1. Other nearby communities on the "top 30" list were Purcellville, Herndon, Falls Church, Fairfax City, Alexandria, Manassas Park, Manassas, Warrenton and Leesburg.

Here's what SafeWise, a company that sells home security systems, had to say about Vienna:

"Are you looking for a safe city that has everything to offer? You’ve found it. Vienna is a bustling northern Virginia city situated just south of the Potomac River and a mere 17 miles west of Washington, D.C. Commuters will appreciate Vienna’s location to the Metro line and Washington’s Beltway 495. From access to amazing high-end retail shops, to famous restaurants and unending entertainment, date night in Vienna will never disappoint you or your spouse.

When it’s girl’s night out, catch a show at northern Virginia’s leading outdoor performance venue, Wolf Trap National Park. Family fun abounds in Vienna too. Plan a Saturday full of laughter at Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods where storytelling, music, dance and puppetry are just a few of the programs your kids will beg for.

Although Vienna is a contemporary city populated with well manicured housing developments and a myriad of shopping centers, it also provides your family the chance to explore the great outdoors. When you put down roots in Vienna you’ll have a handful of hiking trails right out your backdoor, including Pocosin Mission Hiking Trail, Powell Gap Hiking Trail, and Simmons Gap Hiking Trail which parallels a quiet stream and is the perfect place to camp or fish."

To compile this report, SafeWise used the most recent FBI crime data from 2012 to analyze and rank these cities, all with populations of at least 3,000 people.

SafeWise looks at crimes from part 1 of the FBI Unified Crime Report (UCR) reported crime data, which focuses on violent crimes (aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder, and robbery) as well as property crimes (arson, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). From there, SafeWise 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 Virginia, they narrowed the list down to 30 and assigned rankings according to data provided by the FBI’s UCR report.

"Virginia proves that cities of all sizes can be safe when the government and citizenry work in tandem," SafeWise security analyst Alexia Chianis said. "Many of Virginia’s safe communities enjoy a rich history that is not only being preserved, but also celebrated in a number of innovative ways. As a result, many communities are infused with tourism dollars, and residents enjoy a supreme sense of pride.”

See the full list, here: http://www.safewise.com/blog/30-safest-cities-virginia/

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