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Posted on: April 20, 2020

[ARCHIVED] 3rd Safest City in Connecticut for 2020

3rd safest city 2020

The Town of Greenwich was ranked the 3rd safest city in the State of Connecticut by  for 2020.

This 3rd place ranking is impressive because of the size of Greenwich.  Ridgefield (1) and Newtown (2) combined population size doesn’t equal that of Greenwich. 


According to  Safe Wise:

  • All of the safest cities are below both state (2.1) and national (3.7) violent crime rates.
  • All cities came in under the national property crime rate of 22 and 95% beat the state rate of 16.8.

Violent Crime in Connecticut: Fear vs. Reality

Connecticut shows lower levels of concern for nearly every violent crime when compared with national averages. The standout exception is its most worrisome crime, mass shootings, which participants also named as the crime they think is most likely to happen.

  • 41% named mass shootings the violent crime they’re most concerned about (38% nationally).
  • Mass shooting was also named the most likely violent crime, with 25% of respondents making it their top pick versus 23% nationwide.
  • As of March 9, 2020, there have been two mass shootings in Connecticut, killing one and injuring nine. Across the country, there have been 55 mass shooting incidents so far this year.
  • Between 2014 (the earliest year for which we have data) and 2019, there were 16 mass shootings in Connecticut, leaving six dead and 78 injured.
  • Nationwide, there were 2,087 mass shooting incidents between 2014 and 2019.
  • In 2018, there were 83 murders in Connecticut and 54 involved firearms. Murder accounted for 1% of all violent crime across the state.
  • Aggravated assault was the most common violent crime reported (4,294 incidents) in Connecticut, accounting for 58% of all violent crime.
  • 11% experienced violent crime in the past 12 months. That’s almost double what was reported last year, but still below the national average of 12%.

Property Crime in Connecticut: Fear vs. Reality

In general, Connecticut is more concerned about property crime than the national average. Someone breaking in while the occupants are home is the biggest property crime concern, beating national levels of concern by eight percentage points.

  • 66% named someone breaking in while they’re at home as the top property crime worry, compared to 58% nationwide.
  • Burglaries account for just 12% of all property crime in the safest cities and 13% of all property crime across the state.
  • Despite such high concern, only 24% report using a home security system and just 19% use security cameras. Only 15% use firearms to protect their home, and 24% use a dog or other guard animal.
  • Nearly 40% of survey respondents said they don’t use any kind of security or protection on their property.
  • 40% named theft of digital property as the most likely property crime—four percentage points above the national average.
  • Last year digital security was the number one safety concern in Connecticut.
  • Only 18% reported experiencing a property crime in the past year. That’s below the national average of 26% but double last year’s report of 9%.

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