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Posted on: November 6, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Declining crime rate puts Village on several safest cities lists

Police car in road with emergency lights on, blocking traffic.

Because North Palm Beach police officers have cut the Village crime rate by nearly 38 percent in three years, several organizations have been recognizing the Village as one of the safest places to live in Florida.

Security Baron
The most recent recognition came from Security Baron, a consumer-focused website dealing in home security, property security and cybersecurity. They recently ranked the Village as number 11 on a list of the 50 safest cities in Florida.

Home Security Advisor
Also recently, another top ranking came from The Home Security Advisor, which is an online resource for home security and safety information. The website ranked the Village as 8th safest city based on 2018 crime statistics, up from 14th in the 2017.
Other great rankings have come from SafeWise, which tests and compares home security companies and home safety products. This summer, they notified Police Chief Rick Jenkins that the Village ranked 6th on their list of Florida’s 20 safest cities, based on 2018 statistics. In 2017, SafeWise ranked the Village 23rd, and in 2016 they ranked the Village 17th.

National Council for Home Safety and Security
The National Council for Home Safety and Security, known online as, also has been giving the Village top rankings. For 2018, the Village ranked 5th safest city in Florida, and 10th based on 2017 data.

UCR reports
The rankings are done using differing methodologies, but the crime statistics used come from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Uniform Crime Report system. Those numbers show a 37.9 percent drop in the Village crime rate over three years:

  • 2016 — down 6.8 percent
  • 2017 — down 18.7 percent
  • 2018 — down 23.7 percent

“It’s great to know we are improving the quality of life for our residents. Our officers work hard and smart to protect our community at all hours, day and night, but we need residents to call us promptly whenever they see something suspicious if we are going to continue the progress” Chief Jenkins said.

Rankings by Year
2016SafeWise - 17 - 10
Home Security Advisor - 14
SafeWise - 23  - 5
SafeWise - 6
Home Security Advisor - 8

For more information, contact:
Ed Cunningham
Communications Manager
Village of North Palm Beach
(561) 904-2138

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