This study originated when we at home services app SERVIZ, realized we were failing as many as 1 in 3 home contractors for criminal background checks. Concerned at these numbers, SERVIZ then researched and assembled its groundbreaking new Home Safety Rankings (HSR) Index for over 100 metropolitan areas across the U.S. It's a comprehensive look at statistics and findings on home safety across the U.S., with participation from the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and other national organizations.
The list ranked cities according to highly specific home safety and crime statistics, and the results included more than a few surprises, with cities in the Denver Los Angeles, Dallas and San Diego metro areas appearing in the top 10 safest, and with multiple cities in the Phoenix, Los Angeles, Denver and other metro areas also falling in the bottom 10 as the least safe.
In addition to our nationwide rankings on 108 cities, the HSR examines the home safety habits and concerns of residents through city page infographics.
It's a great story that not only shows homeowners vital facts about their own city's potential safety, it also offers important statistics and tips, with insights on such cities as nearby Denver, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, New York, Washington D.C., and more.
Some big-picture comparisons and findings at a glance:
- Parker, CO scored a 64 on our Crime Index (100 is safest), and achieved an overall Home Safety Score of A+.
- Nearby Denver, meanwhile, scored in the bottom 10, with a Crime Index score of 9 and a grade score of C. Los Angeles’s Home Safety Score was C+, San Diego scored a B-, New York scored a B, and Washington D.C. scored an F.
- New York ranked 27 on the Crime Index, with 40,599 annual crimes, while Los Angeles ranked 19, with 121,241 annual crimes. Washington ranked 3 on the Crime Index, with 39,966 annual crimes.
- Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime: 1 in 87 in Parker, 1 in 24 in Denver, 1 in 34 across Colorado. Compare these stats to the rest of the nation: 1 in 33 in L.A., 1 in 41 in New York, 1 in 17 in Washington D.C., 1 in 39 in San Diego, and 1 in 35 across the U.S. (Average)
- Compare more statistics across Colorado (and against other states) here.
But what’s of greatest concern may be who people nationwide are actually letting into their homes. We found that home service pros failed SERVIZ background checks as follows:
- 1 in 4 Home Repair Pros failed background checks in Denver.
- 1 in 9 Home Repair Pros in Los Angeles failed criminal background checks (with as many as 1 in 6 carpet cleaners failing checks)
- 1 in 6 Handymen in New York and San Diego failed criminal background checks
The full report is full of other vital and useful home safety information too, including how U.S. homeowners prepare for threats to their homes and their biggest safety concerns.
Read this to find out just exactly how Parker, CO received an A+ in the safest cities nationwide: