Residents of Bartlett live in the fourth-safest town with a population of more than 25,000 in the United States, according to the national real estate research firm NeighborhoodScout.
The firm recently determined through an analysis of 2011 FBI statistics and data from the U.S. Census Bureau that the chance of becoming a victim of crime in Bartlett is 1 in 135, compared to the U.S. average of 1 in 30.
It ranked Bartlett as the fourth-safest municipality based on the number of crimes per 1,000 residents.
Crimes that were taken into consideration included burglary, theft, vehicle theft, armed robbery, aggravated assault, rape and homicide.
Of those crimes, four — assault, rape, murder and armed robbery — were considered violent crimes by the firm.
The chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime in Bartlett, according to the firm, is one in 2,591.
Bartlett Village President Michael Airdo called the ranking a tremendous honor.
“We have a really progressive police department that I believe goes into making us a really safe town,” he said.
Airdo added he believes the work of all the village’s residents adds to the safety of Bartlett.
“I think we’re all vigilant. We all keep careful watch of our neighbors,” he said. “We’re on alert so we recognize that we all have to help each other.”
Eleven other Illinois towns made the top 100 list, including Buffalo Grove in 35th place; Mundelein in 52nd place; Hanover Park in 57th place; Mount Prospect in 58th place; Palatine in 68th place; West Chicago in 74th place; Carol Stream in 75th place; and Hoffman Estates in 97th place.
NeighborhoodScout stated in a news release that a frequently asked question about some municipalities that make the top 100 was how a city that is thought to be dangerous could be on the list.
The company’s response was that “some cities have reputations for being dangerous that are not supported by crime statistics.”
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