Ridgefield’s 25,000 townspeople can rest a little easier at night — the town was recently named the safest city in Connecticut, and the second safest city in the nation by SafeWise, a company that reviews home security solutions.
The town was beaten out for the top spot by Hopkinton, Mass., a town of about 17,000 with a median income comparable to Ridgefield.
The study looked at rates of crime reported through the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, an annual report compiled by the agency from local police departments.
Cities with fewer than 15,000 residents were excluded in the SafeWise study, as well as municipalities where the police did not send a full report to the FBI, the study said.
The study primarily looked at rates of violent crimes reported to the feds. In cases where violent crime rates were tied, the SafeWise researchers also compared rates of property crime, such as larcenies and burglaries.
Ridgefield tied with Hopkinton for zero violent crimes per 1,000 residents, but had a slightly higher property crime rate at a little more than four property crimes per 1,000 residents, compared to a little more than three property crimes per 1,000 residents in Hopkinton.
Both violent crime and property crime have fallen significantly nationwide. “Violent crime dropped by 49% between 1993 and 2017,” the study said. “Property crime has decreased even more—falling by 50% between 1993 and 2017.”