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After being ranked as the top place to live in the western suburbs, Geneva also has been named one of the safest communities in Illinois.
BackgroundChecks.org. released its 2016 study this week listing Geneva second on its list of 50 safest cities in the state. The website ranked municipalities based on FBI violent crime stats and propriety company research data. Rates are normalized per 100,000 residents with the state average being 370 for violent crime 2,076 for property crime. This rate is calculated by first taking the number of crimes divided by the population and then multiplied by 100,000.
The website stated living in Geneva is "a safe choice" with a violent crime rate of 9.2 and the chance of being affected by property crime just 1.2 percent.
Since 2008, major crime in Geneva is down 41 percent and theft has decreased 36 percent, according to the City’s 2015 crime statistics.
"This is a true achievement, which is a result of city government, police, and residents working together to ensure that Geneva is safe," said Jason Quimby, Outreach Director for BackgroundChecks.org.
Geneva was edged out only by Western Springs on the top 50 list. To read more about the study, visit the link below.
The safest city accolade is the second such honor for Geneva this month. Earlier, readers of "West Suburban Living" magazine ranked Geneva as the best place to live, along with other top ratings for festivals, dining and shopping, as part of its annual "Best of the West" poll.