Village gains yet another accolade for safety
The research, released February 28, was conducted by the “National Council for Home Safety and Security,” an organization comprised of companies and individuals in the home safety and security industries. The Council’s mission is to further education and public knowledge about Home Security, Home Safety, Child Safety, and Senior Safety at Home.
“With national crime rates on the rise, we feel that it’s increasingly important for residents to feel proud of where they live and that cities like yours should be recognized,” said Council spokesperson Robin Avery.
Village officials concur.
“We continue to see the results of hard work, effective allocation of manpower and resources,” said Mayor Alan Nowaczyk. “Our residents, staff and elected officials continue to work together to build an environment that focuses on safety and tackles challenges head-on,” he added.
Coming on the heels of a national safety ranking that earned Willow Springs the No. 200 slot in the United States, Police Committee Chairman Mario Imbarrato said the report further validates the Village’s momentum in improving its Police Department.
“I think that the Mayor and Village Board have made great strides over the past several years to improve the quality of public safety, and we continue to move forward in a positive direction,” he said.
The methodology used to identify the safest cities in Illinois included the review of the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with factors such as population and internal research. The study eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 5,000.
The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 70% of the total (due to their severity) and property crimes accounting for 30%. Study results show rates per 1,000 people.