FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Twelve towns from Fairfield County were named to SafeWise's list of safest communities in Connecticut.
SafeWise, a website that provides home security comparisons and personal safety advice, compiled data on all communities in Connecticut with over 5,000 people that reported both violent and property crime in 2012.
Ridgefield topped the list with fewer than 90 total reported crimes in 2012 and only one violent crime. Ridgefield also only had 3.52 property crimes per 1,000 residents.
Weston placed second, boasting only 0.29 violent crimes per 1,000 residents and 3.97 property crimes per 1,000. SafeWise also lauded Weston for the close interaction between police and the community.
Darien placed third, with only three violent crimes in 2012. SafeWise credited the community with implementing Project Lifesaver, which protects he elderly and those with Down syndrome, autism or Alzheimer’s from wandering while unattended.
Easton came in fourth with zero violent crimes in 2012 and only 5.27 property crimes per 1,000 residents.
Wilton rounded out the top five due in large part to zero reported robberies, forcible rapes, or arsons in 2012.
Redding came in just behind Wilton at No. 6. Redding had no violent crimes in 2012 and fewer than 60 total reported crimes for that year.
Greenwich was ranked No. 8 and was praised for its Teen Center that offers drug and alcohol free entertainment for the community's youth.
New Canaan was ninth overall thanks to several initiatives that keep the community involved with police efforts as well as its use of the Project Lifesaver system like Darien.
Other Connecticut towns to make the list include:
- Madison (No.7)
- Newtown (No.10)
- Simsbury (No. 11)
- Monroe (No.12)
- Canton (No. 13)
- Suffield (No. 14)
- Granby (No.15)
- Cheshire (No.16)
- Plainfield (No. 17)
- Avon (No. 18)
- Portland (No.19)
- Middlebury (No. 20)
- Glastonbury (No.21)
- Seymour (No. 22)
- Brookfield (No. 23)
- Shelton (No. 24)
- East Hampton (No. 25)
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