WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)-West Lafayette has been named one of the top 5 safest cities in Indiana. According to Safewise West Lafayettes, violent crime rate has stayed the same for two years in a row. Along with that, its property crime rate has decreased in 2021 compared to previous years.
West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis says the cities progressive approach towards policing has helped curve the cities overall crime rates.
"When we brought a social worker into the police department into the squad car going on calls that really changed the dynamic between the potential of people being suspicious of our police department to understand that these men and women in the West Lafayette police department are here to serve and solve problems," said Mayor Dennis.
Lafayette was ranked as the 24th most safe city in Indiana. According to the Hoosiers Safewise surveyed 45 percent said they were concerned about violent crime on a daily basis.
The most common violent crime in Indiana was aggravated assault which accounted for 67 percent of violent crime.