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Brunswick rated as top city for safety

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BRUNSWICK — In terms of safe Ohio cities to live in, Brunswick is toward the top.

That is according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security, which named it one of the top 10 safest cities in Ohio.

Brunswick ranked No. 8 out of 10 based on a ranking that looked at violent crime, property crime, violent crime rate, and property crime rate.

According to the report, Brunswick reported 21 violent crimes and 194 property crimes in 2017, which is the most recent FBI report available. In the FBI’s UCR Program, violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault while property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.

Brunswick’s violent crime rate is 0.603 crimes per 1,000 residents and its property crime rate is 5.569 crimes for every 1,000 residents.

“It’s a great honor,” Mayor Ron Falconi said. “Everyone works together as a team. I think that Chief (Brian) Ohlin is doing a fantastic job as head of the police department.”

Falconi said the involvement of officers in the community and the Mayor’s Court, which is held every Tuesday, are just a couple of the tools the city has that keeps its residents safe.

“I would say it’s similar to the Indians going to the playoffs,” City Manager Carl DeForest said Wednesday about what it feels like being ranked as one of Ohio’s safest cities.

“We’ve come to expect it, but we shouldn’t take it for granted because there’s a lot of hard work, effort and dedication that goes into it.”

Ward 4 Councilman Anthony Capretta said that while the city has grown, staffing in the police and fire departments have stayed relatively the same causing the departments to work harder to meet the needs of the community.

“They’ve had to work much, much, much harder to provide that excellent customer service that they give all the Brunswick residents,” said Capretta.

He said he hopes that he and the rest of Council can continue working to provide the safety departments with the proper equipment needed to help them run smoothly.

He said he is honored as a Council member and a resident to have that title assigned to Brunswick.

Ohlin, a more than 20-year veteran of the department who has been at the helm for less than two years, said he is proud of each officer under his watch.

“I’m proud of the men and women of the division of police for the hard work that they put in every day of the week in protecting and serving the community,” he said.

The department has built a relationship with the residents, and has worked closely with the schools, local watch groups and other organizations, which has only helped them to provide a new level of safety within the community, he said.

“It’s a great honor for myself, and I’m sure for Council as well, to hear that good things are happening in our city,” said Falconi.

To identify the safest cities in Ohio, the council reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics.

However, any city that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI was eliminated and cities with populations under 10,000 were removed.

The top 10 cities in order are as follows:

  • Brecksville
  • Sylvania
  • Solon
  • Seven Hills
  • North Ridgeville
  • New Albany
  • Avon Lake
  • Brunswick
  • Wickliffe
  • Springboro

Wadsworth is ranked 39th on the list. Medina is not listed among the cities.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or aalfano@medina-gazette.com.
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