Six Kane County communities made the list of Top 50 “Safest Cities in Illinois.”
The rankings were updated Nov. 9, 2015, and rank communities according to a variety of statistics, including violent crimes per 1,000 population and property crimes per 1,000 population.
One Kane County community — Campton Hills — made the Top 10 list, and all six of the communities made the list for the second time.
“Rooted in the same ambition and moral fiber that gave birth to Abraham Lincoln, strong community spirit is a common theme for the 50 cities that made our safe cities list,” the report says.
The village of Hawthorn Woods in Lake County was ranked the No. 1 safest community in Illinois. The full report can be read at the safewise.com website.
Below are the rankings, with the two key stats, a quote or two from the website and a link to the community’s website for further information.
6. Campton Hills
“The Community Crisis Center Domestic Violence Program offers robust resources to victims of domestic violence. The center is open 24/7 and provides safe, confidential help, including temporary housing.”
- Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.00
- Property Crimes per 1,000: 4.14
- Website: villageofcamptonhills.org
“Hampshire participates in the Nixle program, which keeps residents connected to important news about safety and emergencies. Residents who register for the program receive texts and emails directly from the Hampshire Police Department in the event of an emergency.”
- Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.88
- Property Crimes per 1,000: 5.49
- Website: hampshireil.org
“Programs like Safe Haven ensure that Gilberts and its residents continue to flourish. Safe Haven allows parents in crisis to place a newborn baby with staff at any police station, fire station, hospital, or emergency medical facility with no questions asked.”
- Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.13
- Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.41
- Website: villageofgilberts.com
22. Pingree Grove
“The police department’s efforts to educate the community on traffic safety led them to take first place in the Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge. The award included a new LIDAR Speed Measurement Device to help officers monitor and enforce safe speed limits.”
- Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.39
- Property Crimes per 1,000: 6.36
- Website: villageofpingreegrove.org
“A specialized drug awareness program, L.E.A.D. the Way, arms Huntley fifth-graders with tools and strategies to deal with the challenges of middle school effectively.”
- Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.16
- Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.48
- Website: huntley.il.us
“Elburn residents can get up close and personal with local law enforcement through the Ride-Along Program. The program allows approved citizens to ride with officers in a patrol car as the officers go about their daily business.”
- Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.35
- Property Crimes per 1,000: 7.38
- Website: elburn.il.us
SOURCE: The Safewise Report