According to a new ranking by Forbes magazine, Cincinnati is the ninth safest city of the forty largest cities in the nation.
The ranking takes into account several factors, of which the crime rate is just one. Interestingly, if you rank cities only by violent crime rate, Cincinnati is the 8th safest. Detroit (which has been mentioned by some local politicians as perhaps foreshadowing Cincinnati's future) is 12th safest overall, but dead last--40t--when only violent crime is considered.
Here's the full list from Forbes.
I guess combat gear isn't really necessary to walk around here, after all.