Trumbull ranked by website as one of safest towns

A real estate website has ranked Trumbull as one of the safest communities in the state, based on 2012 data, also finding that the town had some of the fewest assaults in the state.

First Selectman Tim Herbst and Police Chief Thomas Kiely are touting the recent ranking by the real estate website, naming Trumbull as the fourth safest community in Connecticut.

The real estate website indicated that “Trumbull ranked well in [their] analysis, primarily for its incredibly low” number of violent crimes. The website uses crime date from the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report, dividing crime into four categories: murder, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes.

“From there, we calculated the crime rates for each place per 100,000 people in order to fairly compare both large and small places,” the website said. “Then, we ranked each place in each category from one to 37, with the lower scores being safer.

“Finally, we weighted the scores for each category so that murders, violent crimes, and property crimes accounted for 30 percent of the overall score, where total crimes made up 10," according to the site.

Based on its ranking, Trumbull only had 38 violent crimes per 100,000 people for the entire year, making it one of the least violent places in the state.

Of those 38, there were eight assaults, 30 robberies, and no rapes or murders, making it a community with some of the fewest assaults and rapes in the state.

Property crimes were also relatively low, a total of 1,494 for the year.

Both the first selectman and the chief of police indicated that the hard work of the men and women of the Trumbull Police Department is proof positive that we live in a safe community.

“These statistics do not happen by accident,” Chief Kiely said. “This positive record as one of the safest places to live in Connecticut is because of our commitment to having high visibility and being actively engaged in the community. By being thorough with our investigations and showing due diligence, the bad guys know we are serious about public safety in the Town of Trumbull.”

The website’s ranking listed Darien, Greenwich and Westport as the top three safest communities, ahead of Trumbull.

“These results are a testament to our Town and the hard work of the men and women of the Trumbull Police Department,” Herbst said. “As Trumbullites, we should be very proud of the top ten accolades we have earned over the last several years. We have been ranked the 7th best Town in the nation to raise a family according to Family Circle Magazine, the number 1 booming community in Connecticut by Coldwell Banker and now the 4th safest community in all of Connecticut.

“These results are because of our strong commitment to the three pillars — strong finances, strong schools and a strong quality of life,” Herbst said. “Our quality of life is made strong by our commitment to public safety and I am proud that Trumbull has earned this recognition.”

Following Trumbull in the top ten, in order, were Shelton, Wallingford, Wethersfield, Windsor Locks, North Haven and Groton.

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