With the beautiful horse farms and gorgeous scenery surrounding Lexington, KY, it can be hard to imagine that a crime could happen to you or your home or business. But think again, the city of Lexington is not immune to crimes, including both violent crimes and property crimes. Like any other similarly sized city, Lexington experiences an average amount of crime based on the population size. However, according to NeighborhoodScout , Lexington, KY has an average 72% higher crime rate than the rest of Kentucky. That equates to a 1 in 22 chance of being the victim of either a violent crime, such as murder, rape, robbery or assault, or a property crime, such as burglary, theft or motor vehicle theft.
Compared to most cities and towns across Kentucky, Lexington, KY has a higher crime rate for violent crimes with an estimated 58% higher occurrence rate for violent crime. Violent crimes are defined as murder, rape, robbery or assault. In Lexington, the rate of a murder occurring is 0.06 per 1,000 people; the rate of a rape occurring is 0.44 per 1,000 people; the rate of a robbery occurring is 1.80 per 1,000 people; and the rate of an assault occurring is 1.12 per 1,000 people. Overall, this equates to a 1 in 293 chance of experiencing a violent crime in Lexington, KY according to NeighborhoodScout.
For property crimes, Lexington, KY also has an increased risk of your home or business experiencing crime compared to the rest of the state. On average, there is a 73% chance of being the victim of a property crime in Lexington, KY compared to other Kentucky cities and towns. Property crimes include home or business burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft. Per 1,000 people, the rate of experiencing a burglary is 7.79; the rate of experiencing a theft is 30.31; and the rate of experiencing a motor vehicle theft is 3.01. According to NeighborhoodScout, this equates to an overall rate of 1 in 41 of being the victim of a property crime in Lexington, KY. For motor vehicle theft specifically, Lexington has one of the highest rates across the entire United States with a 1 in 332 chance of experiencing a motor vehicle theft.
Violent crimes and property crimes should not be taken lightly, especially a city with higher crime rates, like Lexington. Fortunately, there are ways to protect yourself and your home. First, you can determine the crime rates for you specific neighborhood within Lexington by checking out the crime map supported by Lexington’s local government. Additionally, you can invest in a security system to protect your home or business from property crime.
LEXINGTON, Ky., (Feb. 14, 2017) – Kentucky Small Business Development Center is seeking nominations for the 2017 Pacesetter Awards. The recognition program was created to honor high performing, second-stage businesses that are changing Kentucky’s economic landscape. The deadline to submit nominations is March 15.
KSBDC encourages small businesses that meet the following minimum qualifications to apply:
· Privately held
· In business for three or more years
· Employ six or more full-time employees, including the owner
· Annual sales meet or exceed $500,000
· Located and headquartered in Kentucky
·Demonstrate the intent and capacity to grow evidenced by the judging criteria.
Pacesetters will be selected based on two or more of the following criteria:
· Growth in the number of employees
·Increase in sales and/or unit volume
· Innovativeness of the product or service
·Response to adversity
·Employee engagement and commitment
·Contributions by the nominee to aid community-oriented projects
Pacesetters will be recognized at the Kentucky Celebrates Small Business event held at the Capitol rotunda in Frankfort during the first week of May. Each honoree will receive an award inscribed with the business’s name and a promotional video for their own use that highlights the business. In addition, KSBDC will send a customized press release announcing the award to local media and trade associations. Honorees are given the rights to use the Kentucky Pacesetter logo and event photographs in promoting their business.
Anyone may submit nominations, including third parties associated with an eligible second-stage business. A business may self-nominate by completing the required form. Winners will be notified by March 27. Full nomination requirements and the application are online at https://www.ksbdc.org/kentucky-pacesetters1 .
The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is a network of 12 offices located throughout the state. The center helps existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. KSBDC is a partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. More information on KSBDC services can be found on their website, http://www.ksbdc.org/ .
Writer: Roberta Meisel, 859-257-0104
UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, through its land-grant mission, reaches across the commonwealth with teaching, research and extension to enhance the lives of Kentuckians.