Out of 291 communities, the Village of Hawthorn Woods was named the “#1 Safest Place in Illinois” by ValuePenguin, a national research analysis firm. This is Hawthorn Woods’ second year in a row leading first place. ValuePenguin analyzed the most recent FBI crime report for cities, towns, and villages in Illinois to develop this ranking. The raw data report included property crimes (burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson), and violent crimes (murder/manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) from all law enforcement agencies that chose to participate in the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting program. Hawthorn Woods reported zero violent crimes, and had the third-lowest rate of property crime of any community according to this research. The Village of Hawthorn Woods placed first in three categories, including: Overall Safety Rank, Small City Safety Rank, and Violent Crime. “Hawthorn Woods appreciates the 2016 recognition as the safest city in Illinois. Because of the support of our residents working in tandem with our law enforcement officers, we have formed a collaborative approach to public safety,” stated Mayor Joseph Mancino.
ValuePenguin aggregates a “crime score” by weighting violent crime at 80% and property crime at 20%. The crime score is adjusted based on population size, giving more slack to larger cities. Hawthorn Woods received an impressively low crime score of 109, while the top five safest places in Illinois received an average crime score of 143, which is 88% lower than their typical peers in the state. Other communities dominating the list include Clarendon Hills, Campton Hills, Western Springs, and Hampshire. All are small suburbs of Chicago with high median household incomes, low levels of poverty and high rates of homeownership. The top five safest places in Illinois all have a population less than 15,000.
Hawthorn Woods is proud to receive this recognition as Illinois’ safest place to live. The Village continues to model excellence in the Lake County area through its impressive low crime index, proactive police force, and local amenities. Creating a safe community is the responsibility of all Village Departments, businesses and residents. “Our Mayor and Board of Trustees support law enforcement efforts and community outreach programs that allow our peace officers to proactively work with the community,” said Pamela Newton, Chief Operating Officer. “We congratulate Chief Jennifer Paulus and our dedicated Police Officers for their extraordinary commitment to serve and protect Hawthorn Woods that led to this distinctive honor,” Newton stated. The Police Department’s commitment to safety and excellence is evident by recognitions received this year from both ValuePenguin and SafeWise.
The accolades for the Village continued this week as on July 11, 2016, the SafeWise Report released its 2016 Safest Cities in Illinois. Hawthorn Woods scored the number two spot, as last year the community was also ranked “#1 Safest City in Illinois” by the SafeWise team.
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