Looking for the safest place to live? There's some great news for Cheshire residents as the town has been named as one of the nation's safest communities.
Cheshire was one of five Connecticut town's to crack the Top 100 safest places to live list, according to a study done through NeighborhoodScout.com. The community ranks 29th in the U.S. and third in the state, falling just short of Glastonbury for the honor of second.
It's been a long time coming for Cheshire, which was considered one of the safest places to live prior to a deadly home invasion in 2007 that left many in the community shocked and scared.
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Since that time, both Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes have been convicted of murdering Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters Hayley and Michaela Petit, as well as leaving Dr. William Petit for dead.
It seems for most, life is finally returning to normal.
NeighborhoodScouts said in their report that the selection to the list is based on a number of factors but focuses on crime per capita:
Our research reveals the 100 safest cities in America with 25,000 or more people, based on the total number of property and violent crimes per 1,000 residents. Crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, murder, forcible rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault. Data used for this research are 1) the number of total crimes reported to the FBI to have occurred in each city, and 2) the population of each city.
The study analyzed crime data classified by the FBI as “Final, non-preliminary” from all applicable law enforcement agencies and determined a crime rate per 1,000 population for each town and city across the country.
Also ranking in the top five Connecticut towns were Greenwich (3), Glastonbury (28), Vernon (73) and Shelton (80). Ranking in the top five nationwide with Greenwich were Franklin, Mass.; Bergenfield, N.J.; Bartlett, Ill.; and Bella Vista, Ariz.
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