According to recent data that was released by safewise.com, Greenbrier has been named as the safest city in Arkansas for the second year in a row. Paris came in as the 77th safest city of the 93 towns that meet the requirements for consideration. Greenbrier steered clear of burglary, rape, murder, and robbery in 2017. In all, Greenbrier reported just 25 crimes, including both violent and property offenses. Paris reported 8.13 violent crimes per 1,000 residents, based on a population of 3,443, according to the report. Property crime reports in the city came in at 35.72 per 1,000 residents. Paris Police Chief John O’Brien said that he is satisfied with Paris’ ranking. “The data that is put out is only as good as the data that is put in. All mandated reporting must be entered through a reporting software according to federal standards but not all departments report which will not correctly report accurate rankings.” Chief O’Brien said that the only reason that Paris is high in specific categories is due to repeat offenders. “We have certain people in jail right now and our crime has dropped off. You know who does what and it is just a cycle that takes two to three arrests before more is done to the offenders due to the overpopulated prisons.” Chief O’Brien said that Paris has a particular segment of our population that drives the data for the city, but he feels that Paris is one of the biggest kept secrets Arkansas has. “Paris is safe to walk the streets. You have to be mindful because we do get a lot of tourist traffic. Just use precautions.” According to safewise.com, “To identify the safest cities of 2019, we reviewed 2017 FBI crime report statistics (the most recent complete report available at the time of ranking) and population data. Cities that fell below identified populations thresholds — or that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI — were excluded from the report." “Our rankings are based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in each city. If there was a tie, we also factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larcenytheft, and motor vehicle theft). We give precedence to violent crime because it typically results in physical harm or injury, whereas property crime usually has an economic impact. While both are concerning, people are usually more afraid of violent crime, which directly impacts their feeling of safety.” The only other Logan County city in the rankings was Booneville which came in at 31st with a reporting of 2.83 violent crimes per 1,000 residents in a population of 3,886. At 39.63 Booneville had more reported property crimes than Paris. Property crime, the report states, is the state’s top safety concern with 20 percent of participants in the State of Safety study reporting they experienced a property crime in the past year. That’s four percentage points higher than the national average of 16 percent. Arkansas had almost 40 — 39.96 — property crimes per 1,000 residents, 47.4 percent higher than the national average of 27.11, according to the report. Ten percent across the state reported personal experience with violent crime in the past year, matching the national average. Chief O’Brien said, “To help keep crime down in Paris don’t leave valuables in the car or your house unlocked. Get to know your neighbors and help keep a watch out for each other.”