by ROBERT MARCHANT
Rank: 1 out of 101
Violent Crimes: 11 | Property Crimes: 403 | Citizen-to-Officer Ratio: 351
GREENWICH — The Town of Greenwich took top national honors as a safe and livable community, according to a company that provides information on security.
SafeHome.org, which bills itself as a leading authority on home security and home-automation testing, rated Greenwich as No. 1 in its annual review of “safest cities,” defined as communities over 50,000 in population. It used recent statistics from the Federal Bureau of Statistics, demographic information and other metrics, to determine a list of the 101 safest cities in the country.
“Its proximity to New York City makes it a desirable city to live in for commuters, where their families can be safe,” the trade organization said in highlighting Greenwich. It also cited the wealth of the community: “One of the main reasons would be that Greenwich is the wealthiest town in the state, with the median income at $167,825 for a family.”
Three other Connecticut cities also made the list of the 101 safest in the U.S.
Greenwich police spokesman Lt. John Slusarz said it was always nice to receive recognition from trade organizations. “Good news, we’ll take it,” he said. “We do a lot of work to keep our community safe.”
The public usually associates local law enforcement with little more than making arrests, but there is more going on than just that, Slusarz said. “All our officers are involved in community,” he said. The goal is to forge a partnership with the public to create a safe environment, he said.
While the recent report from the FBI on crime statistics showed an increase in some categories of crime last year, police supervisors note that fluctuations are typical from year to year, but the numbers are all on the low side of the spectrum.
In 2017, Greenwich turned up in the No. 1 spot on a list of the safest communities to raise a child, as ranked by a security-consulting organization. SafeWise, another online trade organization, cited Greenwich’s abundant recreational resources, as well as crime statistics, to cite it as a desirable place to raise a family.