Holly Springs has been ranked as the safest city in N.C. by the home security website Safewise using crime statistics provided to the FBI.
The ranking continues Holly Springs' perennial appearance at or near the top of the state's list of safest cities and towns.
Safewise based its rankings on crime data for 2019 - the most recent year available - using per capita rates of violent crime and property crime.
Holly Springs had the lowest property crime rate in the state at 6.6 crimes per 1,000 population and the state's third lowest violent crime rate at 0.6. Property crimes include larceny, burglary and motor vehicle theft. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
Police Chief Paul Liquorie said strong community relationships were a key reason for Holly Springs being at the top of the list.
"I am proud of the men and women of our police department who diligently work to keep the town a safe and friendly place to live, work and visit," he said. "I want to thank the residents and businesses for their continued support."