Winchester mayor disputes blog's 'safest' city findings

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WINCHESTER, Ky. (WKYT) - A new survey claims Winchester is one of the least safest cities in Kentucky, but city officials argue that isn't quite true.

A new report on crime in Kentucky is surprising many with its results. The Movoto Real Estate Blog used U.S. census data and the FBI's 2012 uniform crime report to rank all Kentucky cities with more than 10,000 people.

A total of 35 cities made the list, including Winchester, which came in second to last, even behind Louisville. All of the cities in the top ten, including Lawrenceburg, which was found to be the safest city in the state, had no reported murders in 2012.

While Winchester is growing and battles drug crimes much like every city, officials say the report doesn't seem accurate. Winchester's mayor says one reason could be because their police department encourages residents to report crimes, while other cities may not.

"The thing that I want to get across is that it was a very narrow slice of public jurisdictions," says Mayor Ed Burtner of the report, which doesn't include every city in Kentucky in its findings. "The notion that Winchester is less safe than Lexington, or Louisville, or some of the more populated areas, I would strongly dispute and I would disagree with."

Lexington ranked 27th of the list. Berea rated in the top 10. Newport ranked 35th and last on the list. For the full report, click on the link in this article.

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