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Newtown named 'Safest City in Connecticut'

The 20 safest cities in Connecticut have been named by Safewise home security and several in the region have made the list. 

The Safest City in Connecticut for 2021 is Newtown.  Police spokesman Lt Aaron Bahamonde says they would like to take the credit, but the truth is that it’s the strength and kindness of the community, that makes officers jobs keeping the community safe successful. 

Ranked number 2 on the list is Ridgefield. 

Newtown and Ridgefield swapped places this year. Newton dropped its property crime incidents from 4.4 per 1,000 people to 2.1.  Newtown reported only one robbery in the last year and five aggravated assaults.  Ridgefield saw only one incident of violent crime in the last year. 

New Milford is ranked 8th and Danbury places 19th on the list.  New Milford and Danbury hold the same spots from last year. 

Though Danbury had the most violent crime in the last year, its year-over-year violent crime rate dropped from 1.5 to 1.1. 

Connecticut sees a violent crime rate well below national and regional averages yet 38% of survey respondents said it was their top concern.  Level of concern with crime in Connecticut changes from year to year. This year, package theft is the biggest concern in Connecticut.  22% of survey respondents experienced package theft. 

Safewise uses FBI crime data for the rankings, relying on information that cities across the country report through the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting program.  Safewise looked at the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in each city and the number of reported property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). Arson is excluded from the FBI’s property crime rates.

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