CLINTON — The Town of Kirkland was named the third safest town in New York State in the recent Safewise.com fifth annual 20 Safest Cities report, posted online March 29.
Kirkland follows Lewisboro in first place and Mount Hope in second place, both communities are in the southern section of the state, nearer to New York City.
The report is based on information received from FBI statistics, after each town submitted their own report to the bureau, and population of the community. Kirkland’s population of 8,204, received a 0.00 rating for violent crime (per 1,000) and a 2.44 rating for property crime (per 1,000).
Kirkland Town Police Chief Dan English was pleased with the report.
“After working here for 30 years, it’s nice to see it paying off,” he said. “I’ve always said it’s a beautiful community and it takes hard work to keep it that way.”
Safewise.com added in their report that despite the remarkably low violent crime rates among the 20 safest communities in New York, the state is on par with nationwide violent crime average statistics. The Empire State reported 4.46 violent crimes committed (per 1,000 people), just about matching the national rate of 4.49 (per 1,000 people).
The report continued to explain the state’s 16.13 (per 1,000 people) property crime incidents fall far below the national average of 27.11 incidents reported (per 1,000 people).
Kirkland was also named the 39th safest town in America out of 183 communities listed in a separate Safewise.com report, also based on FBI statistics. You can see the full reports on The Kirkland Police Department Facebook page.