CHIPLEY - A recent study by ConsumerAffairs.com has ranked Chipley as one having one of the lowest burglary rates the nation.
The report, which is generated from data gathered by Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2014, ranks Chipley fifth among Florida cities with the lowest burglary rates and 499th lowest out of the nation.
According to the report, Chipley's burglary rate decreased 69 percent between 2013 and 2014.
Additionally, the data shows the city has an average of 0.72 crimes per day.
Chipley Police Chief Kevin Crews says he's pleased with the downward trend.
"For the leader of any law enforcement agency, this is the goal we all strive to accomplish," said Crews. "It's our job to do every thing possible to make our community the safest place to live, work, and play. The majority of these type of crimes are tied to the drug problem that affect so many communities. That's why my philosophy on public safety has always been and will continue to be aggressive in the fight on the war on drugs."
According to the FBI's annual report Crime in the United States, there were more than 8.27 million property crimes in 2014 costing victims approximately $14.3 billion.
To view information from this report and access an interactive map of all cities, visit: https://www.consumeraffairs.com/homeowners/aaa_alarm_systems.html#safest-cities-burgchance-fl-chipley,