SafeHome, an online outlet that issues safety ratings, has named Weston the Safest City in West Virginia among cites with a population of at least 4,000, according to the group’s website.
The group issues a safety score for each city using publicly available data, including data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program. That data is split into two categories: violent crime and property crime. Violent crime includes murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Property crime includes burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft, according to SafeHome’s website. Drug arrests, which the Weston Police Department characterize as a “significant portion” of their arrests in their 2017 yearend report, do not factor into the Safehome ratings. The full list, and detailing of the groups methodology can be found online at https://www.safehome.org/safest-cities/wv/.
Weston achieved a safety score of 99.34, with Grafton coming in second at 96.63. The site also reported that Weston had no violent crimes, and only four property crimes. Weston’s score is also noted as being in the top 5 percentile nationwide.
Other cities around the region also made the list with Fairmont placing sixth with a score of 86.25, and Buckhannon and Morgantown landing just outside the top 10 at 11th and 12th, respectively.
Weston Mayor Julia Spelsberg praised the work of local law enforcement in a press release saying.
“We would like to thank Chief Josh Thomas and all of his staff, plus the staff from the State Police and Sheriff’s Department for making this Safest City honor possible. People are always quick to criticize, but our police department has done a remarkable job for us and we are delighted with Chief Thomas’ leadership and his staff’s dedication.”