Is this really the most important criteria in your House-Hunting?
And could it be, that the criminals are looking at that statistic too; and saying that there is an area just ripe for looting and vandalizing?
Just like every statistic; maybe there are other considerations:
An over-active Police force?
A lot of un-reported crime?
Very low population density?
Only Desert or Mountains? (Oh, that's the same thing.)