Two Connecticut communities – Weston and Madison – are among the top 15 safest cities in America, according to a newly released analysis. SafeWise has compiled their 4th annual 100 Safest Cities in America Report, which also ranked three other Connecticut towns in the top 100 - Wilton, Ridgefield, and Canton.
To compile this report, SafeWise analysts considered the most recent complete FBI crime data from 2015 to rank these communities, which all have a minimum population of 10,000 people. SafeWise is a home security and safety brand committed to increasing safety education, awareness, and preparedness in American communities.
Weston was ranked at #6, Madison at #14, Wilton at #49, Ridgefield at #57, and Canton at #85.
“There is a lot that the nation can learn about community policing, the walkability of safe streets and collaboration between police and neighborhood watch programs to help improve the safety of our cities,” SafeWise Security Analyst Olga Papadimitriou said.
Last year, the top five in Connecticut were Ridgefield, Wilton, Weston, Easton and Redding.
Based on the most recent FBI Crime Report, according to SafeWise, the violent crime rate in Connecticut is nearly 40 percent lower than the national average and the property crime rate is over 25 percent lower. Among the state’s 20 safest cities, however, only about three crimes were reported for every 1,000 citizens.
Weston, with a population of 10,150 residents, according to the town’s website, features “two acre zoning, a lack of commercial development, a focus on open space, and an outstanding educational system.” Twenty percent of town residents commute to jobs in Manhattan daily.
Last month, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®) awarded the Madison Police Department their second Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation. This award was presented to the Madison Police Department at the organization’s annual conference.