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Property crime rankings: 2 Minnesota small cities among 50 'safest' in country

The study looks at small cities with populations of 50,000 to 75,000.

If you're worried for your property, the safest cities to settle in Minnesota are Lakeville and Eden Prairie.

That's according to a study by security company Frontpoint, which analyzed property crime data from 2017 to come up with a top 50 ranking of the "safest" small cities in the U.S.

There are obviously limitations with the study, not least that looking at "property crime" alone – which includes burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft –does not provide a full picture of what constitutes a "safe" city considering it leaves out violent crime.

It also only classes small cities as having between 50,000 and 75,000 inhabitants. That once again limits the scope of the study. We dare say there are probably more cities in Minnesota that have lower property crime rates than Lakeville and Eden Prairie. 

But hey, we're particularly short-staffed today and Frontpoint has done the research for us, so we're not going to look a gift horse in the mouth.

Lakeville ranked 21st out of 50 on the "safe small cities" list, with a score of just 9.50 property crimes per 1,000 residents.

Eden Prairie was a little further back in 50th, at 12.79 property crimes per 1,000 people.

Even when violent crimes are taken into account Lakeville is considered one of the safety cities in the state. It ranked 1st in this more comprehensive study by

Eden Prairie also ranked highly, taking 3rd place, with Plymouth in 2nd, Maple Grove in 4th and Minnetonka in 5th.

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