Littleton named the 15th safest city in the state

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By Deborah Swearingen

The National Council for Home Safety and Security has issued a list of the safest cities in Colorado, and the city of Littleton made the cut.

To create its list, the council analyzed violent crimes, property crimes and population. With a population of 47,288, Littleton ranked No. 15 on the list of 35 Colorado cities. In 2016, the city had 48 violent crimes and 1,296 property crimes.

To identify the safest cities in Colorado, the council reviewed the 2016 FBI Uniform Crime Report, as well as its own data and internal research. It eliminated cities that failed to submit a crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.

According to the report, the remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent and property crimes per 1,000 people. Violent crimes include aggravated assault, murder, rape and robbery, while property crimes include burglary, arson, larceny-theft and motor vehicle theft. Due to their severity, violent crimes were assigned a value 1.5 times that of property crimes.

Colorado’s safest city is Louisville, with Erie, Johnstown, Windsor and Firestone coming in second through fifth, respectively. The top five are in Boulder, Weld and Larimer counties.

Contact reporter Deborah Swearingen at dswearingen@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1042. Follow her on Twitter @djswearingen.