Im thinking of purchasing a home in Murphy, but as some mentioned below, I also was shocked to read the crime statistics reported in wikipedia. Murphy is a small town, and yet according to the 2010 crime Statistics/ Census, Murphy's overall crime rate was 170 in comparison to the national average of 100. Thats almost double. Of that rate, murder and rape were considerably higher than theft. I don't see how it could be- small town, people knowing each other easily, etc. But what am I missing? Is there a penitentiary nearby? Is Murphy a drop-off for ex-convicts after they've served their time? Im just trying to figure it out. I would love to hear from a police officer or someone in the city as to why these rates are high. I truly appreciate the subjective opinions of longtime residents and agents, as this is what I want to believe. But these supposed "facts" are disturbing and would like to know a law-enforcement view of them. Being a single woman, I do not want to jump out of the frying pan and into the fire. So...my heart says yes about Murphy. My head is throwing up red flags. Someone? Please shed more credible light on this discrepancy so I may make a wise decision. Thanks so much. -Wannabe-Murphite-but-Concerned.