Ridgefield was crowned the safest town in Connecticut for the second consecutive year reporting 65 total crimes and just one violent crime – a robbery – according to SafeWise, a digital company specializing in home security and safety. Ridgefield was followed by Newtown, Greenwich, Simsbury and Shelton rounding out the top 5.
The 2020 Top 20 Safest Cities in Connecticut is based on the Uniform Crime Report (UCI) from the FBI, and Safewise also notes that Connecticut in general, is below the national average for both violent crime rates (2.1, compared to 3.7 nationwide), and property crime rates (16.8, which is well below the national rate of 22.0). Both rates decreased year over year.
Some other key findings included:
- Connecticut’s attitudes about safety and security reflect national averages, but its top violent crime concern—mass shootings—is outside the norm. The scars from the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012 still loom large.
- 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.
- 40% of respondents in Connecticut named theft of digital property as the most likely property crime—four percentage points above the national average.
- 55% of Connecticut cities improved their rank this year, with Danbury making the biggest leap from 33 in 2019 to 19 this year.
Community goes a long way towards safe living and Ridgefielder’s tend to look out for one another. Karla Murtaugh Homes is proud to live and work in this amazing town. If you’re contemplating moving here, reach out to us to for more information.