At Protect America, we’ve put together a list of the 10 cities in Rhode Island with the lowest burglary rates.

We call these cities “Burglary Safe Zones.” We’ve also made a list of the 10 cities in Rhode Island with the highest burglary rates. We call these cities “Burglary Hot Spots.”

Our lists are based on data from the recent FBI Uniform Crime Report. We only counted cities that submitted burglary data.

2016 Rhode Island Burglary Safe Zones

  1. North Smithfield
    • Population 12,287, Burglaries 12
    • Town trivia: North Smithfield is home to Slatersville, America’s first planned industrial mill village.
  2. Scituate
    • Population 10,543, Burglaries 11
    • Town trivia: In 2008, Scituate was the only town in RI to vote for John McCain over Barack Obama.
  3. Glocester
    • Population 9,980, Burglaries 11
    • Town trivia: The Dorr Rebellion, an attempt to force broader democracy in RI, was started in Glocester.
  4. Burrillville
    • Population 16,318, Burglaries 20
    • Town trivia: The name of Burville’s principal village, Pascoag, is derived from the Algonquian root.
  5. Barrington
    • Population 16,228, Burglaries 22
    • Town trivia: David Angell, producer of Frasier, was a former resident of Barrington.
  6. Little Compton
    • Population 3,508, Burglaries 5
    • Town trivia: Little Compton is the birthplace of the Rhode Island Red hen.
  7. Foster
    • Population 4,701, Burglaries 7
    • Town trivia: Foster once held one of the largest Ku Klux Klan rallies in the state in 1924.
  8. Cumberland
    • Population 34,508, Burglaries 57
    • Town trivia: In 1979, Aaron Fricke, a gay rights activist, sued Cumberland High School for not allowing him to bring his same-sex partner to prom.
  9. Smithfield
    • Population 21,536, Burglaries 37
    • Town trivia: Smithfield was named after John Smith.
  10. East Greenwich
    • Population 13,156, Burglaries 23
    • Town trivia: East Greenwich has a local legend that gold valued at $19.5 million is buried somewhere in the Frenchtown area. The legend says that if the gold is moved, which the town is built upon, the town will crumble and all who live in it will turn against he who unearthed the gold.


2016 Rhode Island Burglary Hot Spots

  1. Woonsocket
    • Population 41,261, Burglaries 316
    • Town trivia: Woonsocket is one of the filming locations for the film “The Purge: Election Year”
  2. Providence
    • Population 179,522, Burglaries 1,282
    • Town trivia: Providence has been named one of the “Best Lesbian Places to Live,” and has a higher 75% rater of gay and lesbian relationships than the rest of the country.
  3. Pawtucket
    • Population 71,624, Burglaries 449
    • Town trivia: Pawtucket, and RI, in general, have the highest per capita Liberian population in the country.
  4. Central Falls
    • Population 19,325, Burglaries 118
    • Town trivia: In 2011, Central Falls filed for bankruptcy.
  5. Newport
    • Population 23,887, Burglaries 138
    • Town trivia: John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier were married in St. Mary’s Church in Newport on September 12, 1953.
  6. New Shoreham
    • Population 1,044, Burglaries 5
    • Town trivia: The first circus in the United States was in Newport in 1774.
  7. Warren
    • Population 10,471, Burglaries 44
    • Town trivia: Warren was the original home of Brown University.
  8. West Warwick
    • Population 28,828, Burglaries 102
    • Town trivia: In 2003, a fire caused by pyrotechnics used indoors killed 100 patrons at the Station nightclub in West Warwick.
  9. Richmond
    • Population 7,592, Burglaries 24
    • Town trivia: Richmond is the site of one of the deadliest train disasters in American history, where a bridge washed out on the Wood River Junction, running the tracks off into the water in 1873.
  10. Cranston
    • Population 81,237, Burglaries 238
    • Town trivia: Cranston elected their first Asian-American mayor, Allan Fung, in 2008.

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