Ridgefield is an incredibly safe city to live in. Connecticut as a whole is progressively becoming safer with Ridgefield being one of the safest cities in the state. Violent crimes in this city are virtually non existent.
According to AreaVibes, the crime rate in Ridgefield is 90% lower than the national average. Ninety percent. The crime rates have been lowering for quite some time now. The total crime index for all of Connecticut has even hit its lowest since 1967, making it the lowest it has been in almost 50 years.
In Ridgefield, for every 100,000 people, the amount of daily crimes is 0.83. On city-data, it rated number fifteen on a list of the top safest cities in America. On NeighborhoodScout, the crime index is 97 out of 100 with 100 being the safest. Best of all, there was a study titled 2014 Safest Cities in Connecticut that listed the top five cities. Ridgefield is number one on that list. The city is consistently shown and proven to be one of the safest cities to live in, especially when it comes to violence.
In fact, new information was released this week by the FBI showing that Connecticut had the fourth largest violent crime drop in the country with a 9.7 percent decrease this year alone. In the year prior, the drop reached the double digits at 10.1 percent. In Ridgefield, there was only one violent crime (aggravated assault) reported in 2014, and in 2013, there were none. Connecticut experienced the largest drop of any state in the country in 2014. The murders decreased by 5.5 percent, the rapes dropped 12.2 percent, aggravated assault dropped 8.4 percent and robberies dropped by 11 percent. An article on WalletHub shows 2015’s Safest States to Live in. Connecticut ranked number seven on the list of overall safety, but rated second for “Home and Community Safety”.
The most recent crime story in Ridgefield was about a man being arrested for vandalism that took place over the summer. According to the Ridgefield Press, the man caused thousands of dollars in field damage with his vehicle. Although this incident wasn’t acceptable, it is mild in comparison to recent crimes in so many other cities and states. It just helps to show how moderate the crime level really is. The most recent crime story before that one is from last month, and it’s about a man going to trial for a murder he committed in 2012. The murder didn’t even take place in Ridgefield. It took place in Montclair, NJ, but the victim was from Ridgefield.
Safety in Ridgefield is not something that is taken lightly. The city takes the right steps to ensure the residents are safe and sound. There is an emergency alert system as well as a detailed emergency preparedness plan in place if anything were to happen. The small town also has its own police department to serve and protect them day in and day out. With Ridgefield ranking as one of the safest cities in Connecticut and Connecticut ranking as one of the safest states in the country, I think it’s “safe” to say Ridgefield is one of the safest cities in America.