CARY — Cary had the lowest crime rate per 1,000 people in its population class (100,000 to 500,000) in the U.S., according to the town’s analysis of FBI statistics for 2012.
The calculation is based on what the town calls FBI Total Crime Rate figures, the town said in a statement.
The police department’s Crime Analysis Unit studied figures the FBI reports on its website annually.
The town’s figures combine violent crime and property crime, which the FBI publishes separately.
The town ranked ninth-lowest in 2011, the statement said.
The FBI cautions on its website, “To assess criminality and law enforcement’s response from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, one must consider many variables, some of which, while having significant impact on crime, are not readily measurable or applicable pervasively among all locales.”