North Palm Beach has been ranked again as one of the safest cities in Florida, this time being placed in the number five slot by thehomesecurityadvisor.com, a website that rates home security alarm systems and companies. The company released their list in early February.
Among the factors evaluated in rating North Palm Beach highly were the 2017 FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics for cities with a population of 10,000 or more. The statistics for 2018 are not available yet.
A year ago, the website ranked the Village in the top 20 safest cities, so the climb to number five shows that the efforts of Village police officers to work with citizens to fight crime is working.
Also last year, the National Council for Home Safety and Security ranked the Village among the 10 safest cities in Florida, and in 2016 and 2017, the Village crime rate dropped 6.8 percent and 18.7 percent respectively.
Village police officers are working hard to ensure the city remains safe day and night, and they urge residents to call 911 if they see anything suspicious. They credit their partnership with alert citizens for the successful and improved rankings each year.
They also urge residents to keep valuables out of their cars, to always lock the doors and to never leave a firearm or car keys in a vehicle. Many of the crimes that occur in the Village are committed by opportunists who take advantage of unlocked doors and valuables in plain sight, and any gun in the car increases the risks for responding officers.
The department thanks every citizen who contributed to the excellent ranking by reporting incidents and providing the information needed for officers to respond, make arrests and deter additional incidents.