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Long Island Locales Rank High Among State's Safest Places

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Some Long Island municipalities are among the safest in the state, according to a new study.

Using data from the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics, evaluated which cities, towns, and villages are the safest in the suburbs around New York City.

The study included “violent crimes,” and “non-violent crimes.”

According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

"Violent crimes are defined as those offenses that involve force or threat of force.

"Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

"The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims.” then took the total number of crimes reported by each city by adding violent crimes and property crimes. Analysts then created a crime rate as the number of crimes per 1,000 population.

Then they transformed the total crime rate variable so that the skewness was reduced and normalized.

New York’s safest community is in Westchester County, where Bedford, which recorded four violent crimes for a violent crime rate of .22 offenses per 1,000 residents.

Just behind Bedford was the Village of Floral Park in second place, which reported just .50 violent crimes per 1,000 people. Long Beach (.86 violent crimes per 1,000 residents) also cracked the top five.

Other Long Island municipalities to make the top 50 on the list:

  • Lynbrook (11th);
  • East Hampton (16th);
  • Rockville Centre (22nd);
  • Hyde Park (24th);
  • Port Washington (25th);
  • Southold (29th);
  • Freeport (31st);
  • Southampton (32nd); 
  • Garden City (48th);
  • Village of Hempstead (50th).

The complete list of New York’s safest communities from can be found here.

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