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Homer Voted 2nd Safest City in Alaska

first_imgThe five safest cities kept violent crime below the national average, with two cities reporting zero counts of murder. Robbery came in as the second-least common violent crime, with no city seeing more than four incidents.  Homer came in with the lowest rate of violent crimes. According to the report, statewide, Alaska’s violent crime rate is more than twice the national average of 4.49 incidents per 1,000.  Alaska’s five safest cities, however really stand out for their stellar records with an average of only 2.18 violent crimes per 1,000 people. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享For the second consecutive year, Homer ranks as the second safest city in Alaska, according to a report released by Safewise. Homer ranked behind Sitka. Palmer, Unalaska and Ketchikan for the top fives spots. Of all the crime reported in these cities (and in Alaska overall), most were property crimes. Safewise (an independent review and comparison company dedicated to providing consumers with information and educational materials about home security systems and techniques) bases its rankings on the most recent FBI report. In a release from the City of Homer, “the Homer Police Department’s highly trained, professional police force plays a big role in these favorable conditions.  They promote a positive, safe environment by prioritizing community policing techniques in which the Department works with the community to address citizen concerns, to engage and maintain citizen involvement in crime prevention activities, and to employ de-escalating techniques to defuse potentially violent encounters.” HPD’s Project Drive program, their naloxone training (as part of Homer’s multi-agency strategy designed to prevent the harms from opioid drug use), and the City’s involvement in the Green Dot program are community policing examples that have garnered State-wide acclaim.last_img

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