The top 50 safest cities list by Safewise.com used the recent FBI Crime Report along with its own independent research to compile its list. To make the list, a city had to have a population of over 5,000 as of 2012, according to a Safewise.com report.
"We analyze the number of violent crimes (aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder, robbery) and property crimes (arson, burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft) and then calculate the chance of these crimes happening out of 1,000 in order to level the playing field for the different populations of each city," according to the SafeWise Report.
Gilberts saw the highest rank for McHenry County towns at No. 6 on Safewise.com's list with .43 violent crimes per 1,000 and 4.32 property crimes per 1,000. Other McHenry County towns to make the list include Spring Grove at No. 29 and Huntley at No. 30.
In choosing Huntley for the list, Safewise.com wrote: "The police department’s value statement to treat citizens with equality, respect and compassion is the foundation that helps the brave officers of this city keep citizens safe from harm, as shown by the absence of any rapes, arsons or motor vehicle thefts in 2012. Perhaps it’s the sense of security along with an irresistible country charm that draws people to Huntley and makes the city’s expansion possible."
Round Lake Park was listed as the safest town in Illinois with 0 violent crimes happening per 1,000 and 1.06 property crimes happening per 1,000, according to Safewise.com.
"No doubt Round Lake Park’s stellar safety record is thanks to its dedicated police force, several members of which recently received honors for service and going above and beyond the call of duty. Officers were recognized for saving the lives of citizens, coming to the aid of a neighboring police agency, community outreach and operations resulting in over 200 narcotic arrests over three years. "
Here is a look at the top ten safest cities, according to the Safewise.com report:
- Round Lake Park
- Lake Forest
- Western Springs
- Campton Hills